New Delhi, Sep 24 (PTI) After much dilly-dally, the second edition of the Indian Badminton League (IBL) is all set to roll out with the Badminton Association of India (BAI) promising a heavy dose of glitz and glamour in the much-awaited tournament scheduled to be held in January next year. After achieving grand success in its inaugural edition which was hosted by BAI in collaboration with commercial partners Sporty Solutionz in 2013, the Indian body now has taken the onus on themselves to conduct the tournament after severing its association with the Sports management company. “BAI has the experience of holding much bigger events such as Thomas and Uber Cup, Super Series event and World Championship and so we decided to do it on our own from this year to ensure the longevity of the tournament. We will be back with a bang next year,” BAI president Dr Akhilesh Das Gupta told reporters here. The IBL had its share of delays with the first auctions going through multiple postponements from June 30, 2013 to July 19, 2013 to finally being conducted on July 22. Similarly, the second edition were initially announced from September-October 2014 and then postponed to January-February 2015, before finally scheduling it in first fortnight of January. “We have a one month window from December 17 to January 18th every year and we want to make it a permanent event without any gap or delay and for that it is important that BAI hosts the event on its own,” Dr Das Gupta explained. The league, which could not be conducted in last two years, will retain its six franchises format represented by the Indian cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Lucknow with talks on to replace Pune with Chennai. “We want to go with one state one team this time. Last time we had Mumbai and Pune from Maharashtra which is not advisable. So we are looking at Chennai as a venue this year,” Dr Das Gupta said. “The franchises will also have to give a bank guarantee to ensure the interest of the players,” he added. (MORE) PTI ATK KHS KHSadvertisement
Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni have been rested for the T20I tri-series in Sri Lanka starting March 6. Rohit Sharma has been named captain of the 15-member squad for the tournament which will also feature Bangladesh.Kohli played all three Tests, all six ODIs and two of three T20Is on the tour of South Africa, scoring 871 runs. He was rested for the final match of the tour due to a stiff back.Pace bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, all-rounder Hardik Pandya and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav have also been rested. Rohit Sharma led the team in Virat Kohli absence in the third T20I vs South Africa (BCCI Photo)MSK Prasad, chairman, all-India senior selection committee, said: “We’ve kept in mind the workload and upcoming schedule while finalizing the team for Nidahas Trophy. The high-performance team has suggested that adequate rest should be given to our fast bowlers to help improve athletic performance, maximize rest and prevent injury.”Dhoni, who played all the limited overs matches, asked for a rest from the tri series, according to chief selector MSK Prasad.”Mr MS Dhoni was not available for selection as he had requested for rest,” he added.Kohli, who missed the final T20I of the South Africa tour due to a stiff back, finished the journey with 871 runs – most by an Indian captain on an away tour. The previous most for India was by Rahul Dravid who made 645 runs on West Indies tour in 2006. Overall, It’s the second most by any captain behind Graeme Smith’s tally of 937 against England in 2003. Kohli scored 27 in the two first two T20Is, 558 in the ODI series and 286 in the three Tests.advertisementBhuvneshwar was adjudged man of the series in T20Is for taking 7 wickets in three matches at an average of 9.57 with 5 for 24 being his best performance. He was outstanding with the ball throughout the tour. He picked up 10 wickets in 2 Tests, 2 wickets in 5 ODIs and ended up with 7 in the T20I series.Bumrah, who made his Test debut in the first match against South Africa, bagged 14, 8 and 1 wickets in Tests, ODIs and T20Is respectively on the tour. Pandya too played all the 12 matches in South Africa and thus was given a much-needed break before the Indian Premier League. Hardik Pandya played all the 3 Tests, 6 ODIs and 3 T20Is in South Africa (BCCI Photo)Kuldeep picked up 17 wickets in the six-match ODI series in South Africa before he was injured during the first T20I against them.India have been in a sensational form in the T20 Internationals since the start of the 2016. India have won 8 out of 11 bilateral T20I series with their first victory in that period coming in Australia (3-0). India then defeated Sri Lanka 2-1 at home before clinching the Asia Cup.India had reached the semi-final of the World Twenty20 where they lost to eventual champions West Indies. However, India bounced back strongly to beat Zimbabwe 2-1 before again losing to West Indies 1-0 in a 2-match series. India then beat England 2-1 at home, lost to West Indies in one-off game, beat Sri Lanka 1-0, drew vs Australia 1-1, beat New Zealand 2-1, thrashed Sri Lanka 3-1 and beat South Africa 2-1.After the tri series, Indian players will be busy with the Indian Premier League which starts April 7.Here is the full squad:Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan (vice captain), KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Vijay Shankar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammad Siraj, Rishabh Pant (wk).