No clarity on IPL venues yet confirms Laxman

Former India cricketer and mentor of the Sunrisers Hyderabad, VVS Laxman has said that there is no clarity about the venues of the Indian Premier League for the 2021 edition of the IPL. 

"There's no clarity as of now (about the venue of the IPL). The BCCI will weigh various options, and [do] whatever is best for the tournament," said the 46-year-old who was also present at the SRH table during the IPL mini auctions.  

Laxman, who has more than 8000 Test runs for India, congratulated the Board of Control for Cricket in India for putting up a great show last year, hosting the IPL in UAE. 

"We know it's a high-profile tournament and there are various stakeholders who play a very important part in the tournament. Credit to BCCI the way they conducted the tournament in the UAE following all the protocols given the pandemic,” he said. 

In the mini auctions that were held in Chennai on 18th February, Sunrisers filled their squad with three players. They picked Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman of Afghanistan, India middle-order batsman Kedar Jadhav and spinner Jagadeesha Suchith.

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Top bargains from IPL 2021 mini auctions

The IPL 2021 mini auctions were concluded on Thursday with some of the players grabbing whooping amounts of money while few of the big names turned out to be surprise picks after they went for a lesser sum as expected. Here is a look at some of the players who turned out to be good bargains for the franchises. Steve Smith Former Australia captain Steve Smith was released by the Rajasthan Royals ahead of the mini auctions. The right-handed batsman became the first purchase of the day when he went to Delhi Capitals for Rs 2.2 Cr. Smith’s bid amount even surprised the DC co-owner. "It was just incredible to get Steve Smith. We are shocked about how he went only for Rs 2.2 crore, but to get a player of the calibre of Steve Smith, it's going to add a lot to our squad, a lot to our balance. His leadership, his batting, his experience, everything. Everyone associated with Delhi is just thrilled. We discussed Smith's name before the auction and we thought that he would go for much higher, so we had thought that if an opportunity arises, we will go for him, but we never anticipated actually getting him," Jindal said. Smith has been a part of Pune Warriors India, Rising Pune Supergiant and RR in the earlier editions. He has so far played a total of 95 IPL matches scoring 2333 runs at an average of over 35. DC Full Squad: Shreyas Iyer (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Lalit Yadav, Pravin Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Avesh Khan, Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddarth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings Dawid Malan England opener Dawid Malan is probably the finest T20 batsman at the moment. The left-handed batsman went to Punjab Kings at the base price of Rs 1.5 Cr. This was one of the finest bids made by the Punjab franchise. Presently ranked at number one in the shortest format of the game, Malan has played 19 T20Is spring 855 runs at a strike rate of just under 150 and an average of 53.4. Punjab Kings Full Squad: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Ishan Porel, Sarfaraz Khan, Murugan Ashwin, Deepak Hooda, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Prabhsimran Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Arshdeep Singh, Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar Mohammed Azharuddeen The Royal Challengers Bangalore made a few good calls and buying Mohammed Azharuddeen at his base price of Rs 20 lakhs was one of them. Azharuddeen made headlines recently after notching up a stunning ton in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Kerala against Mumbai. He ended the tournament with a total tally of 214 runs in 5 matches. RCB full Sqaud: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Kane Richardson, Washington Sundar, Pavan Deshpande, Joshua Philippe, Shahbaz Ahamad, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Kyle Jamieson, Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar, Sachin Baby, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Dan Christian, KS Bharat, Suyash Prabhudessai, Daniel Sams, Harshal Patel Ben Cutting Next in the list is Ben Cutting who was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for a base price of Rs 75 lakhs. Cutting had a decent run at the BBL 10 while playing for Sydney Thunder and can prove to be a brilliant pick in the IPL 2021. He has been a part of MI, RR and SRH camps in the IPL earlier. He was first bought by RR in 2014 while he then moved to SRH for the 2016-17 season before getting picked up by MI in the 2018-19 season. KKR Full Squad: Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Tim Seifert, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer, Pawan Negi, Vaibhav Arora and Karun Nair. Umesh Yadav It would be a homecoming for the fast bowler Umesh Yadav after he was bought by Delhi Capitals for a base price of Rs 1 Cr. Initially, no one really showed much interest in the right-arm quick but Delhi franchise eventually got him. Yadav is probably one of the fastest bowlers in the country but his problem of leaking runs at high economy rate can prove costly. In 121 IPL matches that Umesh has played, he has picked up 119 wickets at an economy of over 8 and an average of 30.07. Umesh was earlier released by RCB ahead of the auctions. He has been a part of KKR, Delhi Daredevils and RCB in the previous editions.


Pakistan Super League 2021: When, where and how to watch in India

The sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is all set to begin from 20th February and Indian cricket fans too can watch the broadcast and live and exclusive, on TV and will be live-streamed on the web and applications as well. In the first game of the PSL-6, Karachi Kings would take on the Quetta Gladiators at the National Stadium in Karachi. The game will start at 7 pm local time which would be 07.30 pm IST. The broadcast is going all around the cricketing world. The Indian cricket fans can watch all the matches on the Sony Sports Network and the can catch the live steam of all the games on the Sony LIV app as well. Sony Pictures Network has got the rights of the PSL for entire South Asia and the likes of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan too will get a live broadcast of PSL through Sony. While in Pakistan the people can enjoy the live broadcast on the national broadcaster PTV, private TV channel Geo Super also has the rights of the broadcast. In the UK and New Zealand, Sky Sports will show the competition. SuperSport has got the rights of the competition for South Africa and the people in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean will enjoy the broadcast of one of the most popular cricket leagues in the world through Willow TV. The people in Australia, the Middle East, and North Africa will get their live feed through Tapmad TV. The squads of the competing teams and the rest of all the information are available here. OneCricket would also be bringing you the ball by ball commentary of all the PSL games on your mobile phones and on our website.


Super Excited to be part of the RCB team: Glenn Maxwell

Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who was purchased by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping Rs 14.25 crore at the IPL 2021 auction, has said that he is looking forward to playing under the leadership of Virat Kohli, and is excited to play alongside AB de Villiers and other teammates.In a video message posted by the RCB’s social media handle, Maxwell has expressed his happiness after being picked up by his new team. Maxwell was picked up by Punjab Kings last season for Rs 10.75 crore, but the swashbuckling batsman only managed to score 108 runs at an average of 15.42 and a strike rate of just 101.88, and as a result, the right handed batsman was released by his franchise. Glenn Maxwell was picked up by RCB after an intense bidding war with the Chennai Super Kings, as the two teams went toe to toe for Maxi. “Often Maxwell has been used in a finisher role, he is a multi-skilled player and he can bowl off-spin as well. It depends on what the team wants, we all look at how to bring the best out of him. We were after the X factor player and we got that in-form of Maxwell,” Mike Hesson, RCB’s director of cricket, said during a media interaction in Chennai. RCB bought Kyle Jamieson for Rs 15 crore, Daniel Christian for Rs 4.80 crore, Sachin Baby for Rs 20 lakh, KS Bharat for Rs 20 lakh, Rajat Patidar for Rs 20 lakh, Mohammed Azharuddeen for Rs 20 lakh, Suyash Prabhudesai for Rs 20 lakh, apart from Glenn Maxwell.