IPL will do billion-dollar business this year: Modi

In terms of brand value or valuation there could be bigger sports club in the West but most of those have negative cash flow, Mr. Modi said

Indian Premier League would generate a revenue of USD one billion this season, thanks to huge fan following across the globe, attracting a large number of advertisers, its Commissioner Lalit Modi said on Wednesday.

“The tournament is still on and we have not reached the final number… Yes, it will be more than a billion dollar (about Rs. 4,700 crore) this season … last season we did USD 450 dollar.

“Thereafter, we would double every year,” Mr. Modi said and asserted that as long as the fans keep coming to IPL, the league’s brand value would increase and hence the revenue.

Revenue for Sony, the official broadcaster, alone would be about Rs. 700 crore to Rs. 800 crore, he said brushing aside the criticism that the advertising rates for the IPL’s third season were very high.

“There may be some advertisers who feel that way but there are lot many others who are willing to join us,” he said pointing out that the huge success of the tournament in terms of TV viewership would certainly entice the advertisers.

“There is no other sporting event across the world generating more eyeballs than the IPL,” he said, adding that the league was virtually in every part of the world through either broadcasters of through the Internet — via YouTube.

Asked about an independent brand consultancy valuing Brand IPL at USD 4.13 billion, more than double from last year, Mr. Modi said that it was not done by the organisation and .

“It is indeed valuation given to us by outsiders.”

Brand Finance, which came out with IPL brand’s latest valuation, said that the brand alone has risen significantly, providing tremendous economic value to its owner — BCCI.

It said this demonstrates the exponential value of IPL and the Brand potential in a cricket loving country like India and other global cricketing countries. Although the English Premier League is valued much higher at USD 12 billion, the IPL’s valuation has risen above USD four billion in just three years, Brand Finance pointed out.

In terms of brand value or valuation there could be bigger sports club in the West but most of those have negative cash flow, Mr. Modi said and pointed out that the English Premier League, though it commands a very high brand value, was facing a USD 800 million deficit.

“Here, we are talking about cash flow and it is growing to grow in future at IPL,” he said, while detailing the dynamics of financing of IPL franchises.

Mr. Modi said that the IPL teams had no load on them and “we are providing infrastructure and stadium free of cost.”

Asked about predictions that IPL could not sustain, Mr. Modi retorted: “Let them (cynics) say anything. I know the numbers. I know the game. I have delivered. We will continue to deliver.”

The success of IPL hinged on the capacity to draw huge crowds, a fact that need not be proven again and again, he said, adding that other factors included that teams were equally placed in terms of finances and capacity to buy the players.

“The level playing field between the teams would make the event more interesting,” he said and added that another factor for the success was that the revenue would be proportionate to the number of matches that are played.

This season there are 60 matches and the number would go to 90 by next year and, therefore, the revenue would increase on a pro-rata basis, he said


Dhoni ruled out of IPL for 10 days

Chennai Super Kings captain M.S. Dhoni will miss IPL action for the next 10 days due to the elbow injury he sustained during a match against Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday

 Chennai Super Kings’ Indian Premier League campaign received a huge blow on Wednesday with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni being ruled out of action for the next 10 days because of an elbow injury.

“Dhoni will be out of action for the next 10 days and the exact nature of his injury is being examined by the doctors at a private hospital here,” a team management source told PTI.

Dhoni underwent an x-ray test after being hit by a rising Shane Bond delivery in yesterday’s match against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens even though Coach Stephen Fleming ruled out any major injury to the India skipper.

The source, however, said that Dhoni will be travelling with the team to Delhi, where the Chennai side will take on Delhi Daredevils at Ferozeshah Kotla on Friday.

“He will be travelling with the team to Delhi,” the source said.

“An official announcement will be made once the nature of the injury is determined by the doctors,” he added.

Apart from the match against the Daredevils, the injury also rules Dhoni out of Chennai Super Kings’ matches against Kings XI Punjab (March 21), Royal Challengers Bangalore (March 23) and Mumbai Indians (March 25).

IPL cricket: Why is Sachin Tendulkar so harshly judged as captain of Mumbai Indians?

The most revered cricketer in the world is Sachin Tendulkar and if anybody tells you differently, he (or she) should be lowered head first from the top of the Eiffel Tower, have his (or her) ears tweaked, nose tickled with a feather and  knuckles rapped with a sledgehammer.

Usually, there is more tortuous punishment for heresy, but since India was born out of non-violence (never mind Harbhajan Singh planting his palm smack on Sreesanth’s chubby cheek in the first edition of the IPL), the offender could be let off after that and fed a purgative to cleanse his system of such outrageous thoughts.

In India, of course, Tendulkar is not only revered but deified. He is master, lord, master-blaster, god, little master… you can choose the most euphemistic description without fear of reproach or dissent. Everything fits right. Yet, there remains one area where his stupendous record falls short: when it comes to captaincy, god becomes all too mortal and questions are occasionally asked, even if in furtive tones.

It is borne out by Wisden, and from anecdotes real and apocryphal, about how some of the game’s greatest players were somehow never brilliant captains. Hammond, Sobers, Richards, Lara, Botham are a few names that come readily to mind: their captaincy record pales in comparison to their other feats. Is it because they expect every player to perform to the same high degree that comes so easily to them, and are therefore impatient of lesser mortals?

But while I agree that Tendulkar’s record as Test captain falls short of the extraordinary standards he has set otherwise, I think this assessment is also a tad unfair because he is also judged by a different yardstick from other players. For instance, in Saturday’s match between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals, Shane Warne, considered the Wizard of Oz in matters of tactics and man-management, conceded 212 runs to Mumbai and even lost the match, but came out unscathed as captain; Tendulkar, having won the game, however narrowly, had darts of doubt thrown at him.

Life’s not fair, even for the world’s best, best-known, most loved, richest cricketer. I doubt any captain on Saturday could have done much to thwart Yusuf Pathan’s onslaught at the magnificent Cricket Club of India. When a batsman scores 100 runs off just 37 deliveries, a captain can at best wring his hands in despair and pray.  Tendulkar did more: he ran to his bowlers to guide them, cajoled his fielders to put in more effort — did so much work in fact that he ended up being fined for slowing down the over-rate.

None of this could faze Pathan however. With four wickets down for very little, and chasing a daunting 213, Rajasthan looked down for the count till the tall and strong Pathan opened his powerful, imposing shoulders and started hitting the ball with such frequency and such long distances that it seemed the parameters of a cricket field needed serious and rapid revision.

In the end, Mumbai won by a whisker, a mere four runs, but Pathan it was who won the awe and admiration of everybody, including the mighty Tendulkar. He has come nowhere near a Test match and last year lost his place in the one-day side. His batsmanship still appears one-dimensional. Make that two: slam-bang. But in the Twenty20 firmament, Pathan is the game’s fastest rising superstar.

In 2008, when the IPL began, he came cheap; at a little more than $100,000. Come next year, when all players will be up for sale again, the buzz already is that he will be a Multi-Million Dollar Baby. Want to know more why the IPL holds so much fascination for almost every cricketer in the world?

Tendulkar, Gambhir fined $20,000

Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar, his Delhi Daredevils counterpart Gautam Gambhir and Kings XI Punjab skipper Kumar Sangakkara have been fined $20,000 each for their teams’ slow overrate in the Indian Premier League matches played on Saturday.

An IPL release said Tendulkar was fined after the Mumbai Indians “were assessed to be two overs behind their required rate” during their four-run win against Rajasthan Royals at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium.

“Under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over rate offences, Tendulkar was fined $20,000 by match referee Andy Pycroft,” the statement said.

In the game at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium at Mohali, both the Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils were each assessed to be one over behind the required rate.

Fines were slapped on both the captains by match referee Srinivas Venkataraghavan.

With Gambhir leading from the front with a knock of 72, Delhi Daredevils beat Kings XI by five wickets.

Earlier, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Sourav Ganguly was fined an identical amount for his side’s slow over rate during the tournament opener against defending champions Deccan Chargers at the D.Y. Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai Friday.

Ganguly fined USD 20,000 for slow over rate

Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Sourav Ganguly has been fined USD 20,000 by the IPL for maintaining slow over rate during their 11-run triumph over defending champions Deccan Chargers at the D Y Patil Stadium here.

The Knight Riders were adjudged to be three overs behind the required rate during their last night’s IPL opener against Chargers and under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over rate offences, match referee Andy Pycroft fined Ganguly.

The Knight Riders upset the defending champions thanks to a 130-run partnership between Owais Shah and Angelo Matthews which allowed Ganguly’s side to claw their way back onto the game after losing two early wickets.

Chargers skipper Adam Gilchrist’s breezy 35-ball 54 went in vain as Ganguly-led side restricted Deccan to 150 for seven.

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10 Ways To Watch IPL 3 2010 Cricket Series Online

We have previously shared the YouTube link to watch IPL 3 online. Below are few more links to watch IPL 3 streaming video online for free.

#1 YouTube: YouTube is the official broadcaster of IPL 3 2010 cricket series. You can watch streaming video online on YouTube without any subscription required.

#2 IPL Website: IPL official website will also be broadcasting online cricket matches so you can watch easily without any trouble. You can visit their website to see previous matches streaming as well as live streaming cricket matches.

#3 Ustream.tv: Ustream TV is one of the best place to watch cricket online. There are many streaming links available on Ustream to watch cricket online. Visit this link

#4 Justin.tv: Justin TV is also similar to Ustream TV. It provides many streaming links to watch cricket online. You can find various online TV links to watch IPl 3 cricket matches.

#5 Willow.tv: Willow.tv will also broadcast IPl 3 matches on their websites. It is easy to find streaming cricket links here compared to Ustream and Justin TV channels.

#6 Freecric.info: Freecrick.info will provide you match by match live cricket video. As soon as the cricket match starts you can watch it online on freecric.info. One of my favorite place to watch cricket online.

#7 Freedocast: You can search for various cricket matches links here. They will be providing live streaming as well. Although I have not tested this website, it seems pretty good enough to watch IPL 3 cricket matches online.

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IPL 2010 Schedule

Indian Premier League 3 Fixtures (IPL 2010 Schedules)

Sr Day / Dt IST GMT Team vs Team Venue
March -2010
1 Fri-12March-2010 20:00 14:30 Deccan Chargers vs Kolkata Knight Riders Navi Mumbai
2 Sat-13March-2010 15:00 9:30 Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals Mumbai
3 Sat-13March-2010 20:00 14:30 Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils PCA – Mohali
4 Sun-14March-2010 16:00 10:30 Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers MAC – Chennai
5 Sun-14March-2010 20:00 14:30 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Bangalore Royal Challengers Eden – Kolkata
6 Mon-15March-2010 20:00 14:30 Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils SMS – Ahmedabad
7 Tue-16March-2010 16:00 10:30 Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Kings XI Punjab MCS – Bangalore
8 Tue-16March-2010 20:00 14:30 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings Eden – Kolkata
9 Wed-17March-2010 20:00 14:30 Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians FSK – Delhi
10 Thu-18March-2010 20:00 14:30 Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Rajasthan Royals MCS – Bangalore
11 Fri-19March-2010 20:00 14:30 Deccan Chargers vs Kings XI Punjab Cuttack
12 Fri-19March-2010 16:00 10:30 Delhi Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings Delhi
13 Sat-20March-2010 16:00 10:30 Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Ahmedabad
14 Sat-20March-2010 20:00 14:30 Mumbai Indians vs Bangalore Royal Challengers Mumbai
15 Sun-21March-2010 20:00 14:30 Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab MAC – Chennai
16 Sun-21March-2010 16:00 10:30 Delhi Daredevils vs Deccan Chargers Cuttack
17 Mon-22March-2010 20:00 14:30 Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders Mumbai
18 Tue-23March-2010 20:00 14:30 Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Chennai Super Kings MCS – Bangalore
19 Wed-24March-2010 20:00 14:30 Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals PCA – Mohali
20 Thu-25March-2010 20:00 14:30 Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings Mumbai
21 Fri-26March-2010 20:00 14:30 Rajasthan Royals vs Deccan Chargers Ahmedabad
22 Sat-27March-2010 20:00 14:30 Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Delhi Daredevils MCS – Bangalore
23 Sat-27March-2010 16:00 10:30 Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders PCA – Mohali
24 Sun-28March-2010 16:00 10:30 Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings Ahmedabad
25 Sun-28March-2010 20:00 14:30 Deccan Chargers vs Mumbai Indians Navi Mumbai
26 Mon-29March-2010 20:00 14:30 Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders FSK – Delhi
27 Tue-30March-2010 20:00 14:30 Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab Mumbai
28 Wed-31March-2010 16:00 10:30 Chennai Super Kings vs Bangalore Royal Challengers MAC – Chennai
29 Wed-31March-2010 20:00 14:30 Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals FSK – Delhi
30 Thu-01April-2010 20:00 14:30 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Deccan Chargers Eden – Kolkata
31 Fri-02April-2010 20:00 14:30 Kings XI Punjab vs Bangalore Royal Challengers PCA – Mohali
32 Sat-03April-2010 16:00 10:30 Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals MAC – Chennai
33 Sat-03April-2010 20:00 14:30 Mumbai Indians vs Deccan Chargers Mumbai
34 Sun-04April-2010 20:00 14:30 Delhi Daredevils vs Bangalore Royal Challengers FSK – Delhi
35 Sun-04April-2010 16:00 10:30 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab Eden – Kolkata
36 Mon-05April-2010 20:00 14:30 Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals Nagpur
37 Tue-06April-2010 20:00 14:30 Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings Chennai
38 Wed-07April-2010 16:00 10:30 Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab Jaipur
39 Wed-07April-2010 20:00 10:30 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils Kolkata
40 Thu-08April-2010 20:00 14:30 Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Deccan Chargers MCS – Bangalore
41 Fri-09April-2010 20:00 14:30 Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians PCA – Mohali
42 Sat-10April-2010 20:00 14:30 Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Kolkata Knight Riders MCS – Bangalore
43 Sat-10April-2010 16:00 10:30 Deccan Chargers vs Chennai Super Kings Nagpur
44 Sun-11April-2010 20:00 14:30 Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians SMS – Jaipur
45 Sun-11April-2010 16:00 10:30 Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab FSK – Delhi
46 Mon-12April-2010 20:00 14:30 Deccan Chargers vs Bangalore Royal Challengers Nagpur
47 Tue-13April-2010 20:00 14:30 Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders MAC – Chennai
48 Wed-13April-2010 16:00 10:30 Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils Mumbai
49 Thu-14April-2010 20:00 14:30 Rajasthan Royals vs Bangalore Royal Challengers SMS – Jaipur
50 Thu-15April-2010 20:00 14:30 Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils Chennai
51 Fri-16April-2010 20:00 14:30 Kings XI Punjab vs Deccan Chargers Dharamsala
52 Sat-17April-2010 16:00 10:30 Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Mumbai Indians MCS – Bangalore
53 Sat-17April-2010 20:00 14:30 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Eden – Kolkata
54 Sun-18April-2010 20:00 14:30 Deccan Chargers vs Delhi Daredevils Delhi
55 Sun-18April-2010 16:00 10:30 Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings Dharmasala
56 Mon-19April-2010 20:00 14:30 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians Eden – Kolkata
57 Wed-21April-2010 20:00 14:30 1st Semi-Final – Team 1 vs Team 2 Bengaluru
58 Thu-22April-2010 20:00 14:30 2nd Semi-Final – Team 3 vs Team 4 Bengaluru
59 Sat-24April-2010 20:00 14:30 Play-off for 3rd Place – Team A vs Team B Navi Mumbai
60 Sun-25April-2010 20:00 14:30 Final of IPL 2010 – Team 1 vs Team 2 Navi Mumbai