Suri becomes first UAE cricketer to be picked in IPL

Denzil Pinto 20/02/2017
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Chirag Suri.

The 22-year-old went for his base price of  10 lakhs and will now rub shoulders with the likes of Lions skipper and India international Suresh Raina and former New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum.

His purchase means Suri has become the first UAE player to be selected and the former Under-19 international is thrilled to test himself in the elite competition.

“This is my biggest achievement so far. It’s one of the biggest things that’s happened in my life and something I’m looking forward to,” Suri told Sport360.

“I was watching the auction all day from 08:00 with my mother and father and am just grateful for them.

“It’s going to be a privilege to be playing with Suresh Raina and all these world-class players and for me it will be an opportunity to learn more.”

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Twitter reacts as Stokes and Mills top buys at IPL auction

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Stokes and Mills - popular picks.

Going into the IPL auction, there was no doubt that England star Ben Stokes would attract the most attention after his glittering display with bat and ball during the recent tour of India.

The franchises didn’t disappoint as there was a massive bidding war for the 25-year-old all-rounder before Rising Pune Supergiants bought him for a staggering ₹14.5 crore [Dh7.9m].

The second highest earner was Stokes’ international teammate Tymal Mills, who was purchased for ₹12 crore [Dh6.6m] by the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Pune captain Steve Smith was quick to congratulate Stokes, insisting that the first round is on the Englishman when they meet next.

Here, we look at the top Twitter reactions on the Stokes and Mills purchases.

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Kaif named assistant coach of Gujarat Lions

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Kaif opens a new innings.

Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif has been announced as the assistant coach of Indian Premier League [IPL] franchise Gujarat Lions for the 2017 season.

Kaif will work under head coach Brad Hodge of Australia.

The Lions, led by captain Suresh Raina, finished top of the league table in the IPL in their debut season in 2016, but failure to win either of their qualifiers saw them finish third overall.

During his career, Kaif starred in 13 Tests and 125 ODIs for India with his most famous moment coming during the final of the NatWest series against England in 2002. He was also an integral member of the Indian team that reached the World Cup final in 2003.

As a player, Kaif represented Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. He played all 16 matches when an unfancied Rajasthan Royals side won the inaugural edition of the league in 2008.

IPL 2017 is set to begin on April 5, with the pre-tournament auction taking place February 20.

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