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The much-awaited retentions in the Indian Premier League (IPL) will not happen just like that. A touch of hype, hoopla and razzmatazz, that are very typical of the IPL, will be added to the process. It is being treated as a big bang announcement. The officials of the IPL teams have been asked to be present here on Thursday evening. Efforts are also being made to see if a few ‘retained’ players can also turn up on the day and whole event will be telecast live, obviously on Star Sports, which has bagged the IPL rights.
Previously, the retention used to be done through formal e-mails from the franchises to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
But with a new broadcaster in place, the whole thing is being given a new makeover. It is being projected as the ‘toughest’ twenty20 tournament.
“The idea is to send out a message that that the IPL is not just about money. A lot of effort is put in team-building and we want to start the IPL coverage through retention.
The retained players form the core of the teams,” said Star official confirming the telecast plans. As briefly reported by this paper yesterday, promotions of the programme have not yet started because technically, Sony were the holders of the rights till December 31.
Meanwhile, new information is tickling about the coaching staff.
Rajasthan Royals are set to recall Zubin Barucha,a former Mumbai Ranji player, who had even turned up for a game for Surrey. He was part of Rahul Dravid-led Daredevils’ coaching staff during the time of Royals suspension. There is no confirmation yet on Shane Warne joining the Royals though. The buzz is that the Aussie great is reportedly asking a high price and assuring only a limited time.
The talk of Ricky Ponting helming the Daredevils team has been going on but it could be confirmed that the pen has not yet been put on paper. The Delhi management avoided queries from Mirror stating that nothing has been finalised. Ponting’s former teammate Mike Hussey, however, will be back in Chennai, this time as a batting coach in the support staff to be headed by Stephen Fleming. Hrishikesh Kanitkar, who had previously coached Tamil Nadu and worked under Fleming at Pune Supergiant, may also be part of Chennai Super Kings as an assistant coach. It is understood that CSK tried to rope in Brett Lee as their bowling coach. But the Aussie is learnt to have declined, saying he wants to continue as a commentator.
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