Shah Rukh to buy match tickets for Knight Riders fans


New Delhi : Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is going all out and will buy away match tickets for his Kolkata Knight Riders’ team fans.

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Knight Riders will play seven away matches in the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) starting April 18 and Shah Rukh will buy 1000 tickets each.


ECB to hold the crisis Twenty20 talks

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is all prepared to hold emergency meetings with television representatives and sponsors to try and resolve its dilemma about the future of Twenty20 cricket in England.

Shaken by the advancement of Twenty20 cricket in India, both in the officially approved Indian Premier League (IPL) and its rebel, the Indian Cricket League (ICL), it will ask Sky TV to outline its dream format before launching a rival English version next summer.

The committee has proposed two separate competitions – the first, an early-season competition also involving the minor counties, universities, Ireland and Scotland; the second, the English Premier League, which would consist of 21 teams in three groups, specifically the 18 counties plus teams from India, Australia and South Africa.


Solanki calls for clarity on Indian leagues

England batsman Vikram Solanki believes preventing cricketers from playing in the Indian Twenty20 leagues would constitute a restraint of trade.

Solanki has called on the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) to demand clarity over whether governing bodies have the right to block players from taking part in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL).

The 32-year-old, who has played 51 one-day internationals for England, joined the ICL’s Mumbai Champs in November and fears it could affect his chances of representing the country again.

“I am baffled by the reasoning offered sometimes for some of the sanctions and we as a group of players and the PCA should demand some clarity on the matter definitely. I am no expert on legal matters but it seems like restraint of trade,” he said.


Gayle will be available for Australia Tests

West Indies captain Chris Gayle said that he is likely to play in the first Test against Australia next month even though it coincides with the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL).

Gayle and fellow West Indies batsmen Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul have signed up with teams in the IPL, which begins April 18.

With the Twenty20 competition coinciding with the first two Tests against Australia, there were doubts over whether the trio would return from the multi-million dollar league. Gayle will earn an $800,000 annual fee with his Team Kolkata.

Gayle had declined to confirm his availability for the Australia games but the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said the players would only be given permission to play in the tournament up to the start of the Australia tour.