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Indian cricket rights e-auction nears its close



The bidding for the television and digital rights to broadcast Indian cricket from 2018 to 2023 has entered a third day, with the highest bid at present amounting to INR 6168 crore (USD 948.40 million approx.), a huge increase from the INR 3851 crore (approximately USD 750 million at the time) paid for the previous cycle of rights between 2012 to 2018.

Once the e-auction restarted on Thursday morning, participants had 30 minutes to raise after every bid, unlike on Tuesday and Wednesday, when they had an hour after every bid to make a higher bid. The process will continue until the participants notify that they do not wish to bid higher.

The bidders had been narrowed down from six to three – Sony Pictures Network India, Star India and Reliance – after the BCCI’s legal team had carried out technical and feasibility checks before the e-auction began. There were three categories of rights on sale: the Indian television rights and rest of the world digital rights (GTVRD), digital rights for the Indian subcontinent alone (ID), and the global consolidated rights (GCR) comprising worldwide TV and digital rights.

The successful bidder will get to telecast 102 men’s international matches over the five-year period compared to 96 in the previous six-year cycle from 2012 to 2018. The 102 matches will be split among the home seasons as follows: 18 in 2018-19, 26 in 2019-20, 14 in 2020-21, 23 in 2021-22 and 21 in 2022-23. The rights will also include men’s domestic matches as well as the India women’s international matches.

The e-auction had begun at 2pm IST on Tuesday, and the process closed at 6pm that day with highest bid at INR highest bid at INR 4442 crores (USD 680 million approx.) The bidding resumed at 11am on Wednesday and ended at 6pm at INR 6032.50 crore (USD 925 million approx). The present highest bid of NR 6168 crore (USD 948.40 million approx.) was made around 12.30 pm on Thursday.

In 2012, Star TV, then owned by Rupert Murdoch, had won the rights to broadcast Indian cricket until 2018. That deal, which also included internet and mobile rights, was valued at INR 3851 crore (approximately USD 750 million at the time). The other bidder that year – at INR 3700 crore (USD 727 million at the time) – was Multi-Screen Media (Sony).

The sale of these rights will mean a second huge payday for the BCCI in less than a year. In September 2017, the BCCI had sold the worldwide IPL television and digital rights for the period 2018-22 for INR 16,347.5 crore (US$ 2.55 billion) to Star India.

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Men’s state squads for 2020-21 Australia domestic season



With confirmation of the fixture list for the first four rounds of the Sheffield Shield, here is a reminder of the men’s state squads for the 2020-21 season

*= CA state contract
R= Rookie contract
IPL= currently in the UAE

New South Wales

Sean Abbott, Harry Conway, Trent Copeland, Pat Cummins* (IPL), Oliver Davies (R), Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Matthew Gilkes, Ryan Hackney, Ryan Hadley (R), Liam Hatcher, Josh Hazlewood* (IPL), Lachlan Hearne (R), Moises Henriques, Baxter Holt (R), Daniel Hughes, Nick Larkin, Nathan Lyon*, Nathan McAndrew, Arjun Nair (R), Peter Nevill, Kurtis Patterson, Daniel Sams (IPL), Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha (R), Steven Smith* (IPL), Daniel Solway, Mitchell Starc*, Chris Tremain, David Warner* (IPL), Adam Zampa* (IPL)


Xavier Bartlett, Max Bryant, Joe Burns*, Jack Clayton (R), Brendan Doggett, Blake Edwards, Benji Floros (R), Sam Heazlett, Corey Hunter (R), Usman Khawaja, Matthew Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne*, Nathan McSweeney, Michael Neser, Lachlan Pfeffer, Jimmy Peirson, Matt Renshaw, Billy Stanlake (IPL), Mark Steketee, Bryce Street, Connor Sully (R), Mitch Swepson, Jack Wildermuth, Matthew Willans (R), Jack Wood

South Australia

Wes Agar, Will Bosisto, Alex Carey* (IPL), Tom Cooper, Brad Davis, Jacob Dickman (R), Daniel Drew, Callum Ferguson, David Grant, Travis Head*, Henry Hunt, Corey Kelly (R), Thomas Kelly (R), Jake Lehmann, Conor McInerney, Joe Mennie, Harry Nielsen, Tim Oakley (R), Lloyd Pope, Kane Richardson*, Luke Robins, Chadd Sayers, Liam Scott (R), Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Nick Winter, Daniel Worrall


Tom Andrews, Gabe Bell, Jackson Bird, Alex Doolan, Jake Doran, Nathan Ellis, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Lawrence Neil-Smith, Tim Paine*, Alex Pyecroft, Sam Rainbird, Tom Rogers, Peter Siddle, Jordan Silk, Matthew Wade*, Charlie Wakim, Beau Webster, Mac Wright.


Scott Boland, Xavier Crone, Brody Crouch (R), Travis Dean, Sam Elliott (R), Zak Evans, Aaron Finch* (IPL), Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sebastian Gotch, Peter Handscomb, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Tom Jackson (R), Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell* (IPL), Cameron McClure (R), Jonathan Merlo, Todd Murphy (R), Tom O’Connell, Wil Parker, James Pattinson* (IPL), Mitch Perry, Will Pucovski, Patrick Rowe (R), Matthew Short, Will Sutherland

Western Australia

Ashton Agar*, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Jake Carder, Hilton Cartwright, Sam Fanning (R), Cameron Gannon, Cameron Green, Liam Guthrie, Aaron Hardie, Bradley Hope (R), Josh Inglis, Matthew Kelly, Mitchell Marsh* (IPL), Shaun Marsh, David Moody, Lance Morris, Liam O’Connor, Joel Paris, Josh Philippe (IPL), Jhye Richardson*, Corey Rocchiccioli (R), D’Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis (IPL), Ashton Turner, Sam Whiteman

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England Women vs West Indies Women



West Indies are taking a cautious approach to Deandra Dottin‘s bowling return as she continues her comeback from a serious shoulder injury.

Andre Coley, West Indies women’s interim head coach, has revealed that Dottin, who is yet to bowl in the T20I series against England and sent down just two overs in the tourists’ two intra-squad warm-up matches, only began a “back-to-bowling” training programme after arriving in England on August 31.

“She’s recovered from injury,” Coley said. “It’s no secret that our players haven’t been able to do much for a very long time and Deandra is on a back-to-bowling programme, she started that while she was here so she’s still on that. We need to make sure that she’s 100 percent to be able to go on competitively.

“She has been doing bowling work behind the scenes, during training, and we are comfortable in terms of where she’s at, but we want to make sure that long-term she’s okay and she can actually bowl at the intensity that she wants consistently and not just for a game or two games.

“We are we are happy that healing is there, it is really now just getting her back into bowling, making sure that her lines are good and she’s actually 100 percent to bowl.”

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West Indies’ hastily arranged tour of England came after India and South Africa cancelled their planned series in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, during which time West Indies’ players had undergone limited preparation compared to England, who returned to individual training in June in the expectation of hosting some international cricket during their summer.

Dottin missed a year of international cricket from February 2019 and underwent surgery on her right, bowling, shoulder in June of that year. She made her top-level return at the T20 World Cup earlier this year, where she did not bowl.

She could be seen with her shoulder wrapped in ice packs in the dugout after batting in West Indies’ 47-run loss to England on Wednesday evening, the second time in their five-match series that the tourists have been defeated by that margin. But Coley said icing the shoulder was about preventing any further injury.

“She’s fine as far as I’m aware,” he said. “She’s returning from an injury which had her off from competitive cricket for a while so anything that you would have seen around shoulder stuff would have been just pre-habbing, making sure that we’re managing. There’s no injuries around the shoulder at the moment.”

It could be argued that West Indies have missed Dottin’s bowling so far this series when they struggled to contain England opener Tammy Beaumont in the first match and failed to clean up the England tail in the second.

But Dottin has done her part with the bat – her 69 in the first match was the best by any batter from either side, albeit in a losing cause, and she was the pick of the West Indies line-up again with her 38 in the second.

Dottin’s performances with the bat have highlighted a key problem for West Indies though, an over-reliance on Dottin and captain Stafanie Taylor at the top of the order. It means that if neither them nor Hayley Matthews, who has had a lean series so far with twin scores of just 3, are able to bat deep, their chances fall away rapidly.

“Contributions, we have discussed it, since we have been here we have done work around it,” Coley said. “We have to be realistic about our resources. Our main batters basically are at the top. We have young players who have potential but obviously still need to continue to grow and improve. It’s really about how they can actually support the top-order batters. It’s got to be key in our side.

“If a couple of players from the top five actually bat very deep, and in the event that we need the lower-order batting then they’ll have to support, but because of the lack of depth in the lower order, unfortunately our reality is that the bulk of the scoring is really left with about three or four players.”

England can clinch an unassailable 3-0 series lead with victory in the next match on Saturday.

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Sydney and Melbourne derbies to kick-off WBBL hub season



Sydney and Melbourne derbies will launch the new-look WBBL season with Cricket Australia confirming the fixture list for the 59-game competition that will be played entirely in a Sydney hub starting late next month.

The opening weekend of matches on October 25 will see the Melbourne Renegades face the Melbourne Stars and the Sydney Sixers take on the Sydney Thunder at North Sydney Oval.

All eight teams will be involved on the opening day with the Adelaide Strikers playing the Hobart Hurricanes and the Perth Scorchers up against the Adelaide Strikers at Hurstville Oval.

The other grounds to be used for the tournament are the Sydney Showground Stadium, Blacktown International Sportspark and Drummoyne Oval.

The fixtures and venues for the finals series, which will take place on November 28 and 29, will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

A WBBL village will be created in the Sydney OIympic Park area – which houses the Showground Stadium – with the eight teams having exclusive use of hotels, training facilities and other areas during the month-long competition.

“Today’s announcement of the changes to the rebel WBBL|06 fixture and the transformation of Sydney Olympic Park into the rebel WBBL Village sets the League up for another unforgettable season,” Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s head of Big Bash Leagues, said.

“Last season was the biggest in the history of the women’s game and now, following on from the Commonwealth Bank ODI and T20I series in Brisbane, we’ll get to see the stars of our world champion Australian team in action during rebel WBBL|06.”

The logistics, including required quarantine periods, for the overseas players joining the tournament will be firmed up in the next few weeks

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