Saturday, January 26, 2008

Dravid and IPL:

Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly may have missed out on making it to the one-day squad for the tri-series in Australia, but the two former captains are considered iconic by the Indian Premier League.

Dravid, Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh are the four players who would command a percentage of income over and above what's offered to the highest player in their team at the Twenty20 professional league, IPL Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi said on Friday.

"These four players would have to play for their respective city-based teams," he added.

Master batsman Tendulkar will play for Mumbai, bought by Reliance Industries' Mukesh Ambani with a winning bid of USD 111.9 million.

Dravid will play for liquor baron Vijay Mallya's Bangalore outfit, Ganguly will turn out for Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's Kolkata team and Yuvraj for actor Preity Zinta's Mohali side, according to Modi.

On Thursday the IPL closed the team franchise bids for a staggering USD 723.6 million.

Modi, also a BCCI Vice-President, said the professional league is looking for a title sponsor for the League, to commence on April 18, apart from six associate sponsors "on the lines of the ICC (International Cricket Council)".

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