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IPL IN A SPOT FIX – CAN THE “SPOT” ON THE GAME BE FIXED?

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The voice for banning the IPL is only growing louder with each passing day as the web of the scandal comes to light.

The controversy-ridden Indian Premier League (IPL) has turned out to be nothing but a hell for cricket and a haven for black money. The IPL spot-fixing scandal that was recently exposed by the Delhi Police last week runs much deeper than just a few rogue players. After the confession of Rajasthan Royal Players, Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila in the scandal, the investigators believe that the rot could be much deeper and wider.

With the kind of money floating in IPL, corruption was imminent. It was only waiting to be exposed. Yet the BCCI officials and even the government chose to turn a blind eye to it.

Senior BJP Leader Yashwant Sinha said in a statement yesterday that a report prepared by the Standing Committee on Finance, which he is heading, had pointed out “financial irregularities and involvement of black money in the tournament, but the government had not acted pro-actively to stop these illegal activities.”

This indicates a nexus which could be much more deep and complex than what the evidence suggests. Actor Vindu Dara Singh, who is in police custody has confessed to fixing and also revealed some of the big names in Bollywood who could be involved in the scam. Mumbai Cops on Thursday summoned BCCI chief N. Sreenivasan’s son-in-law, owner of CSK, in connection with the controversy. Not even the umpires have been left untouched.

Pakistani Umpire Asad Rauf has also been charged with links to the spot-fixing scandal. ICC in response was quick to remove Asad Rauf from the panel of match officials for the upcoming Champions Trophy in England, as his role in the scandal is presently being investigated by the Mumbai Police. Meanwhile, BCCI is still deliberating on their future course of action.

The spot-fixing controversy has tarnished the image of the only sport which India has. Rahul Dravid, the captain of Rajasthan Royals whose three players had been arrested on charges of spot fixing, described it as tough as handling “bereavement in some ways”. Strong reactions are emerging from the cricketing world and cricket fans. Fans are fast losing faith in the game which they worship, as they are feeling cheated by the players whom they once treated as demi-gods.

The voice for banning the IPL is only growing louder with each passing day as the web of the scandal comes to light. It would only be in the wider interest of the game that appropriate mechanisms are devised to enforce fair play and punish the defectors. However, the big question is can lost faith of the cricket fan be revived?

Delhi Daredevils beat Pune Warriors India by 15 runs

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. He savaged Pune Warriors batsmen with a brilliant 51 off 24 balls including four sixes and four boundaries.

After facing seven consecutive defeats, Delhi Daredevils defeated Pune Warriors at Veer Narayana Singh stadium on Sunday by 15 runs. With this win Delhi Daredevils opened its account in Pepsi Indian Premier League.

Delhi Daredevils bowlers hit back in final overs.Pune Warriors were chasing a target of 165 runs. A crowd of 45,000 celebrated the biggest cricket match in this region at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Stadium.

This was first t20 match played at Raipur. There was much enthusiasm due to Virendra Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh presence.

While bating first DelhiDaredevils notched up 164 for five. Pune Warriors was doing good when Yuvraj Singh and Luke Wright was batting. Umesh Yadav of DelhiDaredevils provided a much needed breakthrough in 18th over. Dismissal of Yuvraj Singh proved fatal for Pune Warriors and they could not get 35 runs in the last two overs

Warner was the entertainer on Sunday. Again Star batsmen from Delhi daredevils Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene failed to give a consolidated start. Warner played a vital role in this victory. He savaged Pune Warriors batsmen with a brilliant 51 off 24 balls including four sixes and four boundaries.

Despite good start by Robin Uthappa(37 off 33 balls ) and Aaron Finch (37 off 33 balls)  Pune Warriors Pune Warriors could not save wickets till end.
Warner has been declared Man Of the Match.

IPL6 : Mumbai Indian cut Delhi Daredevils to ribbons

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Dinesh Kartik scored his second fifty on 29 balls.. Dinesh Kartik hit three fours in his first 11 balls and scored 12 runs.

Guided by Dinesh Kartik and Rohit Sharma’s brilliant knock Mumbai Indian defeated Delhi Daredevils by 44-run in Pepsi Indian Premier League match.

This is Delhi’s third consecutive defeat and biggest one till now.Delhi Daredevil’s could not succumb to the pressure to chase gigantic target of 200 plus.

Match was played in Wankhede Stadium.This is second consecutive victory for Mumbai Indian after first defeat by Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Mumbai Indians lost their opening pair, Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, quickly but timely knock by Dinesh Kartik put Mumbai’s Indian on driver seat and sent Delhi daredevils on back foot.

But lost of two iconic batsmen of the cricket doesn’t impacted Kartik and Rohit Sharma. They welcomed bowlers of Delhi Daredevil’s with fours and sixes. Dinesh Kartik hit three fours in his first 11 balls and scored 12 runs. That was an indication for Delhi Daredevils that Kartik have something in his mind to demolish Delhi Daredevils bowling attack.

Ashish Nehra was the next target to be demolished with two fours and a six in his over.

Dinesh Kartik scored his second fifty on 29 balls. Dinesh Kartik and Rohit Sharma was in sync .While Dinesh was on attack Rohit was supporting him playing defensively as per the situation.Rohit was on 12 when partnership reached 74.

Rohit scored his fifty in 42 balls . Kieron Pollard and Ambati Rayudu also added run quickly. Rayudu smashed 24 off eight balls and Kieron Pollard smacked 13 off six balls. Delhi daredevils have a mammoth target of 210 runs and they could not chase it.

A terrific catch from Ponting, leaping horizontally to his right as Unmukt Chand got a leading edge off Harbhajan Singh at short cover sent shock waves in Delhi Daredevils camp .Lasith Malinga dropped a catch of Jayawardhane.

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A terrific catch from Ponting, leaping horizontally to his right as Unmukt Chand got a leading edge off Harbhajan Singh at short cover sent shock waves in Delhi Daredevils camp.

Mitchell Johnson took the wicket of Jayawardene. This was a severe blow for Delhi Daredevils.

Australian opener David Warner was the only batsmen from Delhi Daredevils fighting but other batsmen didn’t support him .Warner scored 61 runs on 37 balls.

IPL6 Opening ceremony: Grand celebration of Cricket begins today

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Opening ceremony of The Pepsi IPL 2013 today will be held at 7:30 PM at the Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

Opening ceremony of  The Pepsi IPL 2013 today will be held at 7:30 PM at the Lake Stadium in Kolkata. It is a biggest football stadium in Asia. Many Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif,  Deepika Padukone etc. will perform in the ceremony after JLo cancelled her live performance due to differences with organisers.

There is a good news coming from meteorological department. Meteorological department predicted there will be no rain Tuesday.

“Maximum and minimum temperature will be 36 and 26 degree Celsius, respectively. The sky will be partly cloudy whereas rainfall is zero,” the official told IANS

Just before the opening there are many controversies in IPL 6. BJP, Shiv Sena, MNS demanded to cancel IPL6 matches in Maharashtra to save water in drought.

In IPL6 there will play 76 matches between 9 teams. All teams will put their heart and soul to win the tournament. Shah Rukh Khan the owner of Kolkata Knight Rider (champion of IPL5) is confident that his team will perform well in IPL6 also and will win the Pepsi IPL 2013.

First match of IPL6 will played at Eden Gardens at Kolkata on 3 April 2013 between KKR(defending champions) and Delhi Daredevils.

The final match of IPL6 will also be played at same ground .

In 2008 Rajasthan Royals was the champion. Deccan Charger won IPL2 in 2009. Chennai Super King becoming champion in 2010 & 2011 while KKR is defending champion (winner of 2012).

Let us hope there will be more cricket and less controversies in IPL6 and cricket fans will enjoy the tournament.

How King of controversies Shah Rukh Khan exasperated Jennifer Lopez

IPL is infamous for controversies. We have seen various controversies in IPL. IPL6 is about to begin but controversies have already started taking birth.

Since there is so much money and publicity involved, controversies are a part and parcel of IPL.A recent controversy over cancellation of Jennifer Lopez’s live performance at the IPL6 opening ceremony has emerged.

Singer Jennifer Lopez blamed camp Shah Rukh for spreading rumours against her and tarnishing her image regarding her live performance cancellation at IPL 6 opening ceremony.

Jennifer Lopez was going to perform at IPL opening ceremony but the deal was cancelled at the last moment.

According to rumours JLo was putting unnecessary demands from organisers. JLo’s team is suspecting Red Chillies for planting fabricated stories against JLo.

A leading publication quoted a source as saying, “JLo is breathing fire. Her team has shot off a mail saying the details of the deal were known only to a select few officials in both teams. As it is unlikely that JLo’s team would plant a story against her, the needle of suspicion is pointing towards camp Shah Rukh. JLo’s team is very upset that her image has been tarnished.”

Red Chillies spokesperson clarified, “We are very excited about the opening ceremony of IPL Season 6. In the process of collaborating with different artistes to perform, from national and international platforms, we did consider Jennifer Lopez. Unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts, it didn’t work out. We hope to work with her in future. We are excited about working with Pitbull.”

“It is true Jennifer cancelled the gig at the last moment because she didn’t like the deal. That she asked for a private chartered plane is however not true. Yes, she had asked for exclusive arrangements to be made for her nearly 44 dancers and accompanying staff, which included her entourage of around 20 people. She had asked for a personal chef, stylist, butler, security etc. but these are demands that even Bollywood stars make when they perform abroad. Jennifer is extremely upset with the way things have panned out. There is an exchange of mails going on as we speak,” the source said.

Shah Rukh Khan is famous for his business acumen and creating controversies.

Last Year Shah Rukh Khan was banned from Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai for five years “for misbehaving with MCA officials and violating rules.”

It seems he knows very well how to capitalise on controversies

Rapper Pitbull will perform at IPL6 opening ceremony after Jennifer Lopez cancelled the deal

Jennifer Lopez’s will not perform at the opening ceremony of India’s Premier League sixth edition. According to sources Jennifer Lopez’s was asking too much just before the IPL opening ceremony.

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American rapper Pitbull will perform at the opening ceremony of IPL6 in place of Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez’s will not perform at the opening ceremony of India’s Premier League sixth edition. According to sources Jennifer Lopez’s was asking too much just before the IPL opening ceremony.

Jennifer Lopez was asking a private plane and dozens of hotel rooms for her huge entourage — including her own stylists, assistants and chef.

“The demands were outrageous. She effectively priced herself out of the event. It was idiotic because the audience for this event is huge,” a source said.

Lopez spokesperson said that Singer turned down the deal due to her busy schedule.

American Pitbull will perform at the opening ceremony of IPL6 in place of Jennifer Lopez. Pitbull  is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer.