Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Rahul Dravid is 5th MILLIONAIRE & Ganguly almost there...

Bangalore bid successfully for Jacques Kallis for $900,000 thus putting their Icon Rahul Dravid into the millionares bracket. But Kallis and Dravid in the same 20-20 team? Not smart I think.

Shahrukh Khan and Saurav Ganguly look like men on a mission - after picking up Shoaib Akhtar, Ricky Ponting, and McCullum they added Chris Gayle to their roster for $800,000. That puts Icon Ganguly at $920,000. Kolkata is turning out to be a strong oufit.

Delhi picked up Pakistani skipper Shoaib Malik and his team mate Mohammad Asif for $500,000 and $650,000 respectively. Shahid Afridi 'Boom Boom' Afridi was bagged by Hyderabad for $675,000 while Younis Khan was auctioned to Jaipur for $225,000.

Hyderabad also picked up Herchelle Gibbs for $575,000. Gibbs joins Gilchrist, Symonds, and Afridi - thats some firepower in the Hyderabad squad.

Gibbs' opening partner Greame Smith was picked up by Jaipur for $475,000, while Chennai added to their impressive star cast of Dhoni, Hayden, Murali, and Oram with the addition of Stephen Fleming for $350,000.

Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth joined the Bangalore and Mohali bandwagons for $450,000 and $625,000 respectively.

The squads are shaping up well at the Hilton Towers. I hear that the number of people present there in the form of journalists, TV reporters, actors, cricketers, and businessmen are more than those present at the Wankhede stadium witnessing the Duleep Trophy Final.

Its clear to me which way domestic cricket is going to go in India and the rest of the world.

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  1. NAzhar said...

    Now who wouldn't want to watch this league after this! Some serious money in this league! Wow!

  2. Viswanathan said...

    Disagree about domestic cricket in India. This will be a boost to the fringe players to ply their wares.

    Chennai has got Fleming, excellent.

  3. Q said...

    Ottayan, in 5-10 years I view the IPLs, PPLs, APLs, and all the whatever PLs forming the structure of domestic cricket around the world.

    It may not happen immdiately but the commercial viability of it will definitely move it that way.

    In 5 years time the IPL may not only be 20-20 - u could have ODIs or even 3-4 day games.

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