The Assam Tribune

Cricket world in awe at staggering amounts for new IPL teams

- Match starts: 3.30 pm

ABU DHABI, Oct 26: Buoyed by the emphatic win over defending champions West Indies, England would look to continue their winning momentum when they face Bangladesh in a tricky Super 12 clash of the T20 World Cup here on Wednesday.

Their bowling unit was right on the job as the Eoin Morgan-led England bundled out an otherwise lacklustre West Indies for a paltry 55 in 14.2 overs before cantering home in 8.2 overs.

Against an opposition who are familiar with the sluggish subcontine­nt conditions and capable of producing upsets,

Morgan will ill-afford to rest on the laurels.

With the match starting in the afternoon, the reigning ODI world champions will be tested in the oppressive heat of Abu Dhabi where temperatur­e soars above 32 degrees Celsius.

To their advantage, the Abu Dhabi strip is known to be aiding the pacers and Morgan may think of bringing in Mark Wood into the mix at the expense of a batter.

Teams have been successful in chasing so far in the World Cup at this venue, with three out of four games being won by the team batting second. $ PTI

DUBAI, Oct 26: The cricket world reacted with surprise and awe at the staggering amount bid for the two new teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL), acknowledg­ing that the Indian league has cemented its place as the most successful T20 event in the world.

The other IPL franchises welcomed teams from Ahmedabad and Lucknow to the IPL after RPSG Ventures Limited and Irelia Company Pte Limited (CVC Capital Partners) won the ownership rights for the two teams. The RPSG Ventures Limited were awarded Lucknow as their home base with a winning bid of a whopping Rs 7090 crore. CVC Capital Partners took Ahmedabad as its home base with a second-highest bid of Rs 5625 crore.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had set the ball rolling by commenting on the monies bid for the two teams and soon others followed suit.

"It is heartening to see the inclusion of two new teams at such a high valuation, and it reiterates the cricketing and financial strength of our cricket ecosystem,# Ganguly said.

Former Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne summed up the mood of the cricket world in his tweet welcoming the two teams.

"Wow% Congratula­tions to both of the new franchise owners. Staggering amounts of money for each team & shows why cricket has become the 2nd most popular & biggest sport on the planet. '932 & '692 million dollars (USA). Well done to @SGanguly99 & everyone at the @BCCI on the @IPL,# the Aussie spin legend wrote.

Former England spinner Monty Panesar poked at the Glazer family, owner of the English club Manchester United, on finishing third in the bidding war, equating it with their team!s 5-0 thrashing at the hands of arch-rivals Liverpool on Sunday.

"5-0 over the weekend and now they come third to pick up a bronze medal *Glazers *CVCCapital *IPLAuction *IPLNewTeam *IPLNewTeam­s *IPLBidding,# Panesar wrote in his tweet.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan saw IPL as the most powerful aspect of the game.

"With the 2 new franchises going for huge numbers, it!s now very clear the IPL is the most powerful aspect of the game now. It!s inevitable that we will see more games & longer tournament­s, *IPL,# he wrote on the micro-blogging site.

Aakash Chopra said the valuation of the new teams has taken the IPL to a whole new level. "So, Ahmedabad and Lucknow it is. The valuation of the new teams has taken the *IPL to a whole new level. Now, the wait to understand the retention rules. I hope that allowing 5 overseas players in the XI is considered as an option for the first 3 years at least,# he tweeted. $ IANS

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