IPL comes to South Africa

Posted by batman on Apr 20th, 2009
Apr 20

The Event

South Africa will stage the 2009 Indian Premier League after officials decided to move the Twenty20 tournament to a neutral venue because of security fears due to the elections taking place simultaneously in India. Ironically South Africa will be holding their own general elections during the tournament, and one hopes all goes smoothly.

England was the alternative choice for the highly-lucrative event, but IPL chairman Lalit Modi confirmed South Africa as hosts. Modi said after the meeting: “We are very happy to confirm that South Africa will host the 2009 DLF Indian Premier League tournament.

Gerald Majola, CSA said : “The South African public loves T2O cricket and CSA successfully hosted the inaugural ICC World T20. Both of these factors weighed heavily in South Africa’s favour, and we look forward to a successful and exciting tournament being held at venues throughout South Africa.”

“This event will strengthen the ties even further between South African and Indian cricket, as well as binding our nations even closer together.

“We are looking forward to hosting some of the world’s best cricketers, and we can assure them they will be provided with the very best facilities to show their skills.

The Teams

Hyderbad Deccan Chargers


Owner: Deccan Chronicle
Captain: VVS Laxman
Icon Player: VVS Laxman
Coach: Robin Singh

Kolkata Knight Riders


Owner: Red Chillies Entertainment
Captain: Sourav Ganguly
Icon Player: Sourav Ganguly
Coach: John Buchanan

Rajasthan Royals


Owner: Emerging Media
Captain: Shane Warne
Icon Player: Shane Warne
Coach: Shane Warne

Chennai Super Kings


Owner: India Cements
Captain: Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Icon Player: Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Coach: Kepler Wessels

Dehli Daredevils


Owner: GMR Holdings
Captain: Virender Sehwag
Icon Player: Virender Sehwag
Coach: Greg Shipperd

Kings XI Punjab


Owner: Ness Wadia
Captain: Yuvraj Singh
Icon Player: Yuvraj Singh
Coach: Tom Moody

Mumbai Indians


Owner: Reliance Industries Ltd
Captain: Sachin Tendulkar
Icon Player: Sachin Tendulkar
Coach: Lalchand Rajput

Royal Challengers Bangalore


Owner: Vijay Mallya
Captain: Rahul Dravid
Icon Player: Rahul Dravid
Coach: Venkatesh Prasad

The Grounds

The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Newlands, Cape Town

Kingsmead, Durban

St Georges Park, Port Elizabeth

Supersport Park, Centurion

De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberly

Outsurance Oval, Bloemfontein

Buffalo Park, East Londen

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