Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Name of the owners and eight franchisees of the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL) have been announced by the All Indian Football Federation (AIFF).
According to the confirmation from IMG Reliance and Star India, the promoters of the ISL, the franchises are based in Delhi, Bangalore, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.
Name of the stakeholders has also been unveiled. Former Indian cricket captains Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, and Bollywood stars John Abraham, Salman Khan and Ranbir Kapoor are among the luckiest bidders.
Sachin Tendulkar along with the business group PVP ventures has bagged the franchise for Kochi while Sourav Ganguly has made a consortium in association with Harshavardhan Neotia, Sanjeev Goenka, Utsav Parekh and Spanish La Liga soccer club Atletico Madrid to become the owner of Kolkata team.
Indian film stars Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor and John Abraham have bought Pune, Mumbai and Guwahati respectively. Bangalore and Delhi are solely owned by Sun Group and Den Network.
It is said that each of the eight teams will have a top player. Former Manchester United star Dwight Yorke, former Arsenal and French star Thierry Henry, former Argentina striker Hernan Crespo and former Swedish star Fredrik Ljungberg are the probable ageing talents being targeted for the league.The base price for each team was kept at Rs 12 crore and Kolkata became the highest bidding team after being sold at Rs 18 crore. The inaugural season is scheduled to be held between September and November this year.
Monday, April 14, 2014
It is heard that Shah Rukh Khan will unveil the first trailer of his much-awaited movie, Happy New Year, during the first IPL match between Mumbai Indians and KKR on April 16.
This is not the first time that the actor has chosen IPL to launch the first trailer of his upcoming movie which is directed by Farah Khan. Even in the past, he went under criticism for using cricket matches as an ultimate platform to promote his films.
Shah Rukh Khan, who is the co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders, after being claimed by some IPL officials that he was only interested in promoting his film, Om Shanti Om, said that he will not watch cricket matches in the stadium in future.
However, he was once again reported to be a promotional gimmick when he was seen attending the matches along with his Chennai Express co-star Deepika Padukone during IPL 2013.
Now, it is the time to see whether the launch of Happy New Year teaser causes any reaction this time.
Other stars of this film are Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan and Boman Irani.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Seeing both Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan hugging each other one at an iftar party last year and the other one at the Star Guild Awards earlier this year, one may think that the two stars have turned friends from foe. However, the Chennai Express star has proved it wrong by taking a dig at his foe-turned-friend Salman Khan at the unveiling event of a watch brand in Mumbai on Monday.
Filmmaker Kunal Kohli after being asked by Shah Rukh Khan the last film he saw, he replied Jai Ho. After hearing that the King Khan of Bollywood made a sarcastic comment saying ‘there is no accounting for taste’.
Other celebrities who had joined at the event along with Kunal Kohli were ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’ director, Punit Malhotra, and actress-model Mandira Bedi.
The two actors became foe after a fight at actress Katrina Kaif’s birthday party in 2008. After seeing them on friendly terms in different functions, it seemed that their bitter relationship had been patched up.
South African captain, Graeme Smith, has declared that the final Test match against Australia in Cape Town will be the last international match in his career. He first expressed his desire to retire from all forms of international cricket to his team-mates after the third day's play at Newlands.
The 33-year-old player, who is now playing his 117th Test match, holds the record of longest-serving captain leading his team in 109 matches in Test format since 2003. He has so far scored 9257 runs at an average of 48.72 including 27 centuries and 38 half-centuries. The interesting thing in his career is that South Africa did not lose the match in which he hit a century.
Playing 197 ODIs, he has so far scored 6989 runs at an average of 37.98 with 10 hundreds and 47 fifties. His ODI career came under threat when he was dropped from the squad against Pakistan in the UAE last year.
It is sure that his decision of not extending his Test career has come as a shock to his team mates as well as his fans. However, he did not take this decision suddenly. He had been considering of ending his career since ankle surgery last year.
Monday, March 03, 2014
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi played an unbeaten innings of 18-ball 34 which led his team to a thrilling one-wicket victory over arch-rival India in the on-going Asia Cup in Dhaka yesterday. Thanks to his hard-hitting batting, Pakistan could reach the milestone with two balls left at hand.
Pakistan needed just 246 runs to win the match. Batsmen made the target easier scoring 235 runs for the loss of six. However, when they were on the verge of victory, they suddenly lost three quick wickets and were under the threat of losing the match.
When Shahid Afridi came on strike, his team needed 9 off four deliveries of Ravichandran Ashwin. He hit two consecutive sixes and ensured his team’s victory.
Mohammad Hafeez became the top scorer for Pakistan scoring 75 runs. However, openers Ahmed Shehzad and Sharjeel Khan made a good start for the team and shared a 75-run partnership.
With the ball, Saeed Ajmal took 3 wickets while Mohammad Hafeez and Mohammad Talha took two wickets apiece.
Winning the toss, Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq invited India to bat first. Depending on the bat of Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja who respectively scored 56, 58 and 52 respectively, India scored 245 for 8.
Samsung has already been emerged as the strongest competitor for Apple. These two companies are doing tough competition in the mobile device sector. They are releasing new products to capture and extend their market share. To compete with Apple’s iPhone 5S, Samsung has recently launched Galaxy S5 with some new features.
The 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S5 has 1080p resolution. It comes with a new technology which makes the screen brighter and enables the user to see the screen clearly even in direct sunlight.
Perhaps, security has got the most importance in this latest handset as it comes with the fingerprint scanner. It adds extra level of security and convenience to the device. Even it is said that fingerprint scanner is much better than the fingerprint scanner used in iPhone 5.
The most useful feature of this handset is power saver. This feature will help user expand its battery life by letting him or her know what parts of the phone will have to turn off and by doing so how much battery life will be gained.
The other eye-catching features of this handset are camera and Exynos 5420 octa-core processor. It is found on different stores in UK, USA and other Asian countries.
Smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S5 has the facility to enjoy 3G Internet and TV. Cricket lovers may enjoy the live match on their smartphone. Twenty20 World Cup 2014 is very close. Schedule of this tournament has already been finalized. So, fans can enjoy the shortest format of the game on their phone. For that, it may require to download an app.
After getting a victory against Bangladesh, which was their first victory against any Test-playing nation, in the on-going Asia Cup tournament, Afghanistan has been ranked twelfth ODI team in the ICC one-day ranking with 32 rating points. They are behind Ireland and the Test playing countries. If they can manage another victory in the five-nation tournament then they will replace Ireland on the table.
For an Associate Member, the criteria of gaining promotion to the main rankings table are either getting victory in two ODI matches against Full Members or getting one win against a Full Member and have a winning percentage of over 60% against other Associate Members in the qualifying period. Afghanistan has met the second criterion. Not only that, but also a team will have to play at least eight matches in the qualifying period to get a ranking. Since August 2010, Afghanistan has so far played 12 ODIs.Afghanistan cricket team is improving. Their performance in the on-going tournament is satisfactory. Despite not being considered as a tough opponent, they could able to put pressure on the opponent in each game they played so far.