The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) will return to the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2018 after having served a two-year suspension each.
Both Chennai and Rajasthan are former champions of the tournament. While the Royals won the first edition of the IPL in 2008, the Super Kings won back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011.
BCCI Acting President CK Khanna feels the IPL will be enriched by the return of the two franchises while IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla and BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary also sent a message, welcoming CSK and RR back into the league.
“VIVO IPL will be enriched by the return of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. Both the teams have enjoyed tremendous on-field success and have a mass following. The loyal fans will again get to see their favourite teams and stars in action from the upcoming season of the VIVO IPL,” said Khanna
“It is my privilege to welcome back our franchisees, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, into the 11th edition of the IPL. We have had a strong working relationship with Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals and hope that we can continue to build upon the close ties that we have enjoyed in the past, as we move towards the next edition of the league,” said Shukla.
“I welcome CSK and RR back into the league. I hope they bring back the intensity and the flair that they are reputed for and continue to add immense value to brand VIVO IPL. I wish them, all the very best,” said Choudhary.
Mobile phone manufacturer Vivo have retained title sponsorship of the Indian Premier League till 2022.
In a media release, the BCCI announced that Vivo bid INR 2,199 crore (approximately AED 1.25 billion) for the next five years, a 554% increase over the previous contract which was also held by the same company. They were title sponsors of the IPL for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
“We are delighted to have Vivo joining us once again as the title sponsor for IPL for next five years. The association with Vivo has been great for the past two seasons and I am sure they will continue to make it bigger and better,” said IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla.
“Vivo as a brand has carved its niche and legacy in the market. We are extremely glad to have Vivo as the title sponsor and look forward to an enriching affiliation for both stakeholders,” said BCCI Acting President CK Khanna.
“We received an overwhelming response for the title sponsorship rights and we are glad to have Vivo back on board. It is a renewal of a fruitful relationship with the brand that will extend for the next five years,” said BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary.
The title sponsorship of the IPL was earlier held by DLF from 2008-2012 and by PepsiCo from 2013-15.
VIVO retains title sponsorship for IPL 2018-22. They bid Rs.2,199 Crores, 554% increase over the previous contract! pic.twitter.com/6D7RXooTvB— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) June 27, 2017
Pakistan spinner Imad Wasim has moved to the top of the ICC T20I rankings for bowlers, with Imran Tahir dropping down to the third spot after the South Africa leg-spinner managed to take just one wicket from two matches in the series against England.
India pacer Jasprit Bumrah is ranked second, with Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan and West Indies’ Samuel Badree making up the rest of the top five.
When it comes to the batsmen, India captain Virat Kohli still leads the way.
The Indian ace is followed by Australia’s Aaron Finch and New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson who are second and third respectively.
There has been no change at the top of the all-rounders rankings, with Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan still holding the number one spot.
1) Virat Kohli (India) – 799
2) Aaron Finch (Australia) – 787
3) Kane Williamson (New Zealand) 745
4) Glenn Maxwell (Australia) – 718
5) Joe Root (England) – 699
1) Imad Wasim (Pakistan) – 780
2) Jasprit Bumrah (India) – 764
3) Imran Tahir (South Africa) – 744
4) Rashid Khan (Afghanistan) – 717
5) Samuel Badree (West Indies) – 717
1) Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) – 353
2) Glenn Maxwell (Australia) – 343
3) Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan) – 275
4) Marlon Samuels (West Indies) – 271
5) Yuvraj Singh (India) – 210