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Indian Premier League team guide

By Simon Austin

After weeks of hype and controversy, the Indian Premier League finally gets under way in Bangalore on Friday.

Bangalore Royal Challengers will face Kolkata Knight Riders to kick off a six-week tournament featuring most of the finest talents in the world game.

The highest-paid players will be earning weekly salaries normally associated with Premier League footballers and it seems no exaggeration for co-founder IS Bindra to describe the IPL as "a new milestone in the cricketing history of the world".

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Here is a guide to the eight teams that will be contesting the inaugural IPL and bidding to reach the final in Mumbai on 1 June.


Bangalore

Name: Bangalore Royal Challengers

Owner: Vijay Mallya

Ground: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Coach: Venkatesh Prasad

Captain: Rahul Dravid

Star player: Jacques Kallis

Most expensive player: Rahul Dravid, annual salary US$1,035,000
(ICON PLAYER, earning 15% more than next highest earner in franchise)

Squad: Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher, Dale Steyn (South Africa), Nathan Bracken, Cameron White (Australia), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies), Misbah-ul Haq (Pakistan), Abdur Razzak (Bangladesh), Ross Taylor (New Zealand), Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, Wasim Jaffer, Praveen Kumar, Sunil Joshi, B Akhil, Vinay Kumar, Devraj Patil, Bharat Chipli, KP Appanna, B Arun Kumar, Virat Kohli, Sreevats Goswami.

Total cost of squad: US$5,795,000

Odds: 6/1 (odds provided by William Hill and correct as of 11/04/08)


Chennai

Name: Chennai Super Kings

Owner: India Cements

Ground: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Coach: Keppler Wessels

Captain: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Star player: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Most expensive player: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, $1.5m

Squad: Matthew Hayden, Michael Hussey (Australia), Stephen Fleming, Jacob Oram (New Zealand), Makhaya Ntini, Albie Morkel (South Africa), Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka), Suresh Raina, S Badrinath, Parthiv Patel, Joginder Sharma, Lakshmipathi Balaji, Napolean Einstein, Abhinav Mukund, Sudeep Tyagi, Rashwin, Viraj Kadbe, Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan, Anirudha Srikkanth, P Amarnath, S Sresh Kumar, Arun Karthik and Shadab Jakati (India).

Total cost: $6,225,000

Odds: 10/3 favourites


Deccan

Name: Deccan Chargers

Owner: Deccan Chronicle

Ground: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad

Coach: Robin Singh

Captain: VVS Laxman

Star player: Andrew Symonds

Most expensive player: Andrew Symonds, $1.35m

Squad: Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds (Australia), Chaminda Vaas, Nuwan Zoysa, Chamara Silva (Sri Lanka), Hershelle Gibbs (South Africa), Scott Styris (New Zealand), Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), VVS Laxman, RP Singh, Rohit Sharma, Venugopala Rao, Pragyan Ojha, Halhadar Das, Dwaraka Ravi Teja, Arjun Yadav, Paidikalva Vijay Kumar, Kalyan Krishna, Sarveesh Kumar, Sanjay Bangar (India).

Total cost: $6,105,000

Odds: 4/1


Delhi

Name: Delhi Daredevils

Owner: GMR Holdings

Ground: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Coach: Greg Shipperd

Captain: Virender Sehwag

Star player: Virender Sehwag

Most expensive player: Virender Sehwag, $833,750 (ICON PLAYER)

Squad: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Farveez Maharoof (Sri Lanka), Daniel Vettori (New Zealand), Glenn McGrath, Brett Geeves (Australia), Mohammad Asif, Shoaib Malik (Pakistan), AB de Villiers (South Africa),Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Manoj Tiwary, Shikhar Dhawan, Dinesh Karthik, Rajat Bhatia, Mithun Manhas, Mayank Tehlan, Pradeep Sangwan, Yo Mahesh (India).

Total cost: $6,372,500

Odds: 7/1


Kings

Name: King's XI, Punjab

Owner: Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia, Karan Paul and Mohit Burman

Ground: Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali

Coach: Tom Moody

Captain: Yuvraj Singh

Star player: Brett Lee

Most expensive player: Yuvraj Singh, $1,063,750 (ICON PLAYER)

Squad: Simon Katich, Luke Pomersbach, Brett Lee, James Hopes, Shaun Marsh (Australia), Kyle Mills (New Zealand), Ramnaresh Sarwan (West Indies), Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), Yuvraj Singh, Sree Santh, Piyush Chawla, Karan Goel, Uday Kaul, Tanmay Srivastava, Sahil Kukreja, Sunny Sohal, Irfan Pathan, Ramesh Powar, Pankaj Dharmani, Nitin Saini, Wilkin Mota (India).

Total cost: $6,503,750

Odds: 13/2


Kolkata

Name: Kolkata Knight Riders

Owner: Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla & Jai Mehta

Ground: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Coach: John Buchanan

Captain: Sourav Ganguly

Star player: Chris Gayle

Most expensive player: Sourav Ganguly, $1,092,500 (ICON PLAYER)

Squad: David Hussey, Ricky Ponting (Australia), Salman Butt, Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan), Tatenda Taibu (Zimbabwe), Chris Gayle (West Indies), Akash Chopra, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohan Banerjee, Yashpal Singh, Debabrata Das, Sourav Ganguly, Wriddhiman Saha, Brendon McCullum, Ajit Agarkar, Iqbal Abdulla, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Ishant Sharma, Shoaib Akhtar, Murali Kartik, Umar Gul, Siddarth Kaul, Ranadeb Bose, Sourashish Lahiri (India).

Total cost: $6,222,500

Odds: 6/1


Mumbai

Name: Mumbai Indians

Owner: Reliance Industries

Ground: Nerul, Mumbai

Coach: Lalchand Rajput

Captain: Sachin Tendulkar

Star player: Sachin Tendulkar

Most expensive player: Sachin Tendulkar, $1,121,250 (ICON PLAYER)

Squad: Loots Bosman, Ashwell Prince, Shaun Pollock (South Africa), Dilhara Fernando, Sanath Jayasuriya, Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Luke Ronchi, Dominic Thornely (Australia), Sachin Tendulkar, Abhishek Nayar, Ajeenkya Rahane, Ankeet Chauhan, Ashish Nehra, Dhaval Kulkarni, Gaurav Dhiman, Harbhajan Singh, Manish Pandey, Musavir Khote, Pinal Shah, Rajesh Pawar, Robin Uthappa, Rohan Raje, Saurabh Tiwary, Sidharth Chitnis, Swapnil Singh, Vikrant Yelligeti, Yogesh Takawale (India).

Total cost: $5,496,250

Odds: 6/1


Rajasthan

Name: Rajasthan Royals

Owner: Emerging Media

Ground: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Coach: Shane Warne

Captain: Shane Warne

Star player: Graeme Smith

Most expensive player: Mohammad Kaif, $675,000

Squad: Graeme Smith, Morne Morkel, (South Africa), Justin Langer, Shane Watson, Shane Warne (Australia), Younis Khan, Kamran Akmal, Sohail Tanvir (Pakistan), Dimitri Mascarenhas (England), Mohammad Kaif, Anoop Revandkar, Taruwar Kohli, Niraj Patel, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Siddharth Trivedi, Swapnil Asnodkar, Sumit Khatri, Munaf Patel, Pankaj Singh (India).

Total cost: $3,610,000

Odds: 12/1




see also
IPL founder warns England stars
15 Apr 08 |  Cricket
Will India's cricket league work?
27 Feb 08 |  South Asia
Cricket's new order
29 Feb 08 |  Cricket


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