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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Dhoni tops Forbes' list of top earning cricketers

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Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has just topped the list of world's top earning cricket players that was released by Forbes magazine. According to the magazine, Dhoni made USD eight million in endorsements.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain of the Indian cricket team has just topped the list of world’s top earning cricket players that was released by Forbes magazine. The list comprised of the top ten players of which five are from India. According to the magazine, Dhoni has earned a whopping 10 million USDs in the past year. The magazine said, “Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who plays for the Chennai Super Kings and tops our list as cricket's first USD 10 million-a-year man (that's USD 5,426 for each run scored).

According to the magazine, Dhoni made USD eight million in endorsements. He endorsed the likes of Reebok and Pepsi. The magazine also noted that Dhoni’s endorsements were 45 per cent more than any other player. "Among all Indian athletes and entertainers, Dhoni's 17 corporate sponsors is second to only Bollywood star and co- owner of the Knight Riders, Shahrukh Khan," Forbes said.

“Paycheck figures include club and national team salaries and commercial endorsement income over the last 12 months," said Forbes. Out of the ten cricketers who made the million dollar list, four are from the Indian sub-continent.

The 'little master', Sachin Tendulkar, comes in second in the list with an impressive garner of USD eight million. Tendulkar who is considered by many to be one of the greatest batsmen of all time, still has plenty of endorsement deals. "He is (Sachin Tendulkar) one of five Indian Premier League players who have been bestowed 'icon' status, meaning he automatically receives a paycheck 15 per cent larger than his highest paid teammate. Tendulkar's USD 1.1 million salary from the Mumbai Indians helped push his total earnings to USD eight million over the last 12 months."

Coming in at third spot in the list is Yuvraj Singh who pocketed USD 5.5 million the last year alone. Rahul Dravid comes in next with a take home figure of USD five million. The skipper of the 'Bangalore Royals' team steered his team one of a big comeback this season on the IPL and finished runner up in the competition. Andrew Flintoff comes fifth in the list after making USD four million. Saurav Ganguly, the 'dada' of Bengal may have led the Knight Riders to defeat in the latest season of IPl, but he laughed all the way to the bank after pocketing a mullah worth USD 3.5 million himself.

Fellow IPL team mate and Australian skipper, Ricky Ponting shares the sixth spot with Saurav Ganguly earning a reported USD three million. Forbes magazine pointed out in the list that the highly popular Indian Premier League is one of the reasons why cricketers today are raking in so much money. "With its deep-pocketed owners and global appeal, nine of the 10 highest-paid cricket players call the Indian Premier League (IPL) home”, Forbes said in its website.

Also making the list are Australia’s Brett Lee and Kevin Pietersen who each raked in USD three million. And rounding up this list is Kevin Pietersen from Australia who earned USD 2.5 million. Whilst cricket is played on a professional level in around 100 countries, the players who made this list come from only three – India, Australia and England.

Dhoni tops Forbes' list of top earning cricketers

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Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has just topped the list of world's top earning cricket players that was released by Forbes magazine. According to the magazine, Dhoni made USD eight million in endorsements.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain of the Indian cricket team has just topped the list of world’s top earning cricket players that was released by Forbes magazine. The list comprised of the top ten players of which five are from India. According to the magazine, Dhoni has earned a whopping 10 million USDs in the past year. The magazine said, “Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who plays for the Chennai Super Kings and tops our list as cricket's first USD 10 million-a-year man (that's USD 5,426 for each run scored).

According to the magazine, Dhoni made USD eight million in endorsements. He endorsed the likes of Reebok and Pepsi. The magazine also noted that Dhoni’s endorsements were 45 per cent more than any other player. "Among all Indian athletes and entertainers, Dhoni's 17 corporate sponsors is second to only Bollywood star and co- owner of the Knight Riders, Shahrukh Khan," Forbes said.

“Paycheck figures include club and national team salaries and commercial endorsement income over the last 12 months," said Forbes. Out of the ten cricketers who made the million dollar list, four are from the Indian sub-continent.

The 'little master', Sachin Tendulkar, comes in second in the list with an impressive garner of USD eight million. Tendulkar who is considered by many to be one of the greatest batsmen of all time, still has plenty of endorsement deals. "He is (Sachin Tendulkar) one of five Indian Premier League players who have been bestowed 'icon' status, meaning he automatically receives a paycheck 15 per cent larger than his highest paid teammate. Tendulkar's USD 1.1 million salary from the Mumbai Indians helped push his total earnings to USD eight million over the last 12 months."

Coming in at third spot in the list is Yuvraj Singh who pocketed USD 5.5 million the last year alone. Rahul Dravid comes in next with a take home figure of USD five million. The skipper of the 'Bangalore Royals' team steered his team one of a big comeback this season on the IPL and finished runner up in the competition. Andrew Flintoff comes fifth in the list after making USD four million. Saurav Ganguly, the 'dada' of Bengal may have led the Knight Riders to defeat in the latest season of IPl, but he laughed all the way to the bank after pocketing a mullah worth USD 3.5 million himself.

Fellow IPL team mate and Australian skipper, Ricky Ponting shares the sixth spot with Saurav Ganguly earning a reported USD three million. Forbes magazine pointed out in the list that the highly popular Indian Premier League is one of the reasons why cricketers today are raking in so much money. "With its deep-pocketed owners and global appeal, nine of the 10 highest-paid cricket players call the Indian Premier League (IPL) home”, Forbes said in its website.

Also making the list are Australia’s Brett Lee and Kevin Pietersen who each raked in USD three million. And rounding up this list is Kevin Pietersen from Australia who earned USD 2.5 million. Whilst cricket is played on a professional level in around 100 countries, the players who made this list come from only three – India, Australia and England.

Chaminda Vaas: Team India under MS Dhoni is tough to beat

Left arm medium pacer Chaminda Vaas
Colombo: Left arm medium pacer Chaminda Vaas said that the current Indian team is way different from the ones he faced in the past, and that the team under Mahendra Singh Dhoni is ‘tough to beat’.

Speaking to an Indian newspaper ahead of the Tri-Series, which also includes New Zealand and India, the Sri Lankan bowler said that India has got a great captain in Dhoni, and the team would definitely pose a great threat to the home side.

“India is playing more positive cricket and all the batsmen are scoring runs. They have a fantastic leader in Dhoni and everything is going right at the moment,” Vaas was quoted as saying.

“As compared to Indian teams of the past, they have depth in their batting line-up. India are tough to beat. Their all-rounders, though, need to be more consistent,” he added.

Vaas, who has been left out the Tri-Series that starts on Tuesday with Sri Lanka and New Zealand playing the opener, said that the Sri Lankan bowlers have to be very careful while facing players likes Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Gautam Gambhir.

“You can’t bowl on the off-side to players like Tendulkar, Dravid or Gambhir or even pitch it short, they will punish you everytime. The only thing I can tell them (the Sri Lankan team) is to bowl at the good areas. The Sri Lanka pacers are bowling very well at present but when it comes to ODIs, there is no margin for error,” said Vaas.

Vaas bid adieu to Test cricket in the recently concluded home Test series against Pakistan, where Sri Lanka the three-match series 2-0. He said that his main motive to quit the format was to spend more time with his family.

“You have to end your journey somewhere. I wanted to spend more time with my family,” he said.

Vaas, who partnered 30 new-ball bowlers in his entire Test career, said that it was his willingness to sacrifice for the game that led him to have such a long an illustrious career.

“As you play more cricket, your body is not the same as it was in the first season. As a fast bowler you need to sacrifice a lot. I was ready to sacrifice and that is why I played for so many years,” he said.
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Chaminda Vaas: Team India under MS Dhoni is tough to beat

Left arm medium pacer Chaminda Vaas
Colombo: Left arm medium pacer Chaminda Vaas said that the current Indian team is way different from the ones he faced in the past, and that the team under Mahendra Singh Dhoni is ‘tough to beat’.

Speaking to an Indian newspaper ahead of the Tri-Series, which also includes New Zealand and India, the Sri Lankan bowler said that India has got a great captain in Dhoni, and the team would definitely pose a great threat to the home side.

“India is playing more positive cricket and all the batsmen are scoring runs. They have a fantastic leader in Dhoni and everything is going right at the moment,” Vaas was quoted as saying.

“As compared to Indian teams of the past, they have depth in their batting line-up. India are tough to beat. Their all-rounders, though, need to be more consistent,” he added.

Vaas, who has been left out the Tri-Series that starts on Tuesday with Sri Lanka and New Zealand playing the opener, said that the Sri Lankan bowlers have to be very careful while facing players likes Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Gautam Gambhir.

“You can’t bowl on the off-side to players like Tendulkar, Dravid or Gambhir or even pitch it short, they will punish you everytime. The only thing I can tell them (the Sri Lankan team) is to bowl at the good areas. The Sri Lanka pacers are bowling very well at present but when it comes to ODIs, there is no margin for error,” said Vaas.

Vaas bid adieu to Test cricket in the recently concluded home Test series against Pakistan, where Sri Lanka the three-match series 2-0. He said that his main motive to quit the format was to spend more time with his family.

“You have to end your journey somewhere. I wanted to spend more time with my family,” he said.

Vaas, who partnered 30 new-ball bowlers in his entire Test career, said that it was his willingness to sacrifice for the game that led him to have such a long an illustrious career.

“As you play more cricket, your body is not the same as it was in the first season. As a fast bowler you need to sacrifice a lot. I was ready to sacrifice and that is why I played for so many years,” he said.
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Indian cricket team among victims of Jet pilots

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New Delhi: The Indian cricket team become victim of on going mass leave by the Jet airways pilots. The team had been scheduled for Colombo for Tri-nation series by the airline, which will now carried out by the Air India.

The Air India spokesman revealed that the team India had to fly with Jet, but strike of pilots made turbulence in the schedule.

Air India will co-operate with Indian team, and arranged a special flight from Chennai at 1100hrs today to reach Bangalore where it will pick up players including skipper M S Dhoni, yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and R P Singh playing for the Air India team in the BCCI corporate trophy before leaving for Colombo.
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Indian cricket team among victims of Jet pilots

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New Delhi: The Indian cricket team become victim of on going mass leave by the Jet airways pilots. The team had been scheduled for Colombo for Tri-nation series by the airline, which will now carried out by the Air India.

The Air India spokesman revealed that the team India had to fly with Jet, but strike of pilots made turbulence in the schedule.

Air India will co-operate with Indian team, and arranged a special flight from Chennai at 1100hrs today to reach Bangalore where it will pick up players including skipper M S Dhoni, yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and R P Singh playing for the Air India team in the BCCI corporate trophy before leaving for Colombo.
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Virender Sehwag: 'I don't want to be captain'

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Indian batsman Virender Sehwag has said he doesn't want to lead the team and suggested that a new face be given the vice-captain's responsibility, so that he can be groomed to take over the reins after captain MS Dhoni.

"I don't want to be a captain, I have already told selectors about it. I have said that a new player should be made vice-captain and be groomed to be a captain," Sehwag told Indian news channel News24. "I want that I should continue to score runs and keep winning matches for the team."

Sehwag, 30, was appointed vice-captain in October 2005, with Rahul Dravid replacing Sourav Ganguly as captain. A dip in Sehwag's form in 2006-07 resulted in VVS Laxman assuming the vice-captaincy responsibilities in Tests, albeit for a brief period. Sachin Tendulkar was appointed deputy for the 2007 World Cup before the position went to Dhoni soon after.

And it was only when Dhoni became captain in all three formats, the last being for Tests after Anil Kumble's retirement in November last year, that Sehwag regained the vice-captaincy. But a shoulder injury for Sehwag in the lead-up to the World Twenty20 in June this year resulted in the deputy's position going to Yuvraj Singh. However, Sehwag hoped to regain his fitness completely before turning out for the Delhi Daredevils in the Champions League, beginning on October 8.

Sehwag also considered Ganguly as the best leader he had played under. "Sourav Ganguly has been the best captain India ever had," Sehwag said. "Sourav took over as captain of the India cricket team when it was going through a very bad patch. The Indian team was struggling to put come out of the match-fixing scandal. He had a responsibility to put together a new team and he did a splendid job."
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Virender Sehwag: 'I don't want to be captain'

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Indian batsman Virender Sehwag has said he doesn't want to lead the team and suggested that a new face be given the vice-captain's responsibility, so that he can be groomed to take over the reins after captain MS Dhoni.

"I don't want to be a captain, I have already told selectors about it. I have said that a new player should be made vice-captain and be groomed to be a captain," Sehwag told Indian news channel News24. "I want that I should continue to score runs and keep winning matches for the team."

Sehwag, 30, was appointed vice-captain in October 2005, with Rahul Dravid replacing Sourav Ganguly as captain. A dip in Sehwag's form in 2006-07 resulted in VVS Laxman assuming the vice-captaincy responsibilities in Tests, albeit for a brief period. Sachin Tendulkar was appointed deputy for the 2007 World Cup before the position went to Dhoni soon after.

And it was only when Dhoni became captain in all three formats, the last being for Tests after Anil Kumble's retirement in November last year, that Sehwag regained the vice-captaincy. But a shoulder injury for Sehwag in the lead-up to the World Twenty20 in June this year resulted in the deputy's position going to Yuvraj Singh. However, Sehwag hoped to regain his fitness completely before turning out for the Delhi Daredevils in the Champions League, beginning on October 8.

Sehwag also considered Ganguly as the best leader he had played under. "Sourav Ganguly has been the best captain India ever had," Sehwag said. "Sourav took over as captain of the India cricket team when it was going through a very bad patch. The Indian team was struggling to put come out of the match-fixing scandal. He had a responsibility to put together a new team and he did a splendid job."
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Marcus Trescothick ready to tour India

Marcus Trescothick could play cricket overseas for the first time since 2006 after being named in Somerset's Champions League Twenty20 squad.

The 33-year-old former England opener retired from international cricket because of a stress-related illness.

But he is set to fly with his county to India in October for the tournament.

"It is his firm intention to make the trip. But we appreciate his situation and there are no guarantees," said director of cricket Brian Rose.

"If at any time he feels the need to pull out we will understand."

Trescothick will be vice-captain of the 15-man squad, led by Justin Langer, and one idea being considered is for him to be based with his family in the United Arab Emirates and commute to the match venues.

That, Langer told BBC Sport, is part of the reason Trescothick and Somerset are confident he will be able to travel.

My gut feeling is that Marcus won't play international cricket again... regardless of how this trip goes

Justin Langer

"The way he's played over his career and, in particular, over the last couple of years mean it is a huge boost to have his name on the team sheet, of course," said the former Australia opener.

"It'll be an ongoing decision for him. He has to ensure things are comfortable for him overseas and that his family will come with him to try to ease the burden."

The 38-year-old Langer added: "But right now he's really positive about coming, he's very hopeful. We've had plenty of discussions about it and at this stage that's why he's been named in the squad.

"He's determined to be there and help Somerset win what should be an unbelievable tournament."

However, Langer warned that a successful trip to India would not lead to Trescothick resuming an England career.

The left-hander retired from internationals last year, and Langer said: "My gut feeling - and you can only really ask him this - is that Marcus won't play international cricket again.

"I'm sure he dreams of it at times but my gut feeling, regardless of how this trip goes, is he won't ever play for England again. You can regard this as a one-off thing on that front."

The Taunton-based county and Sussex, who beat the Cidermen in this summer's Twenty20 Cup final, will be the two English teams involved in the Indian tournament.

Somerset's 15-man squad, which includes uncapped 18-year-old wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, will fly out in time for their first match against Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad on 10 October.

606: DEBATE
I really hope he can handle it. If he finds he can cope then he's still one of the best batsmen in England and only 33

TooSensible

Trescothick remains one of the finest English batsmen and is particularly adept in the shortest format.

He hit 56 from 32 balls in the semi-finals of the Twenty20 Cup to help beat Kent and ensure his team's passage to India. He added a similarly explosive 33 in the final, although it was not enough because Sussex won by 63 runs.

The trip to India will take him back to the country where his illness surfaced during a tour by England three years ago.

He initially felt his problems had been caused by physical and mental exhaustion brought on by England's gruelling schedule, plus the strain of missing his family.

But, as detailed in his autobiography, when he suffered from repeated shivering and sweating and broke down in front of Peter Gregory, then the England team doctor, he was aware it was something far more worrying.

He has not represented England since returning home early from the last Ashes tour to Australia in November 2006 before the first Test was played.

Trescothick later described his mood as "swinging wildly, between something approaching despair and spells when things wouldn't seem so awful".

He officially retired from international cricket in March 2008 after pulling out of Somerset's pre-season tour to Dubai at the last minute.

And he ruled out any possibility of an England comeback last month after being tipped for a call-up for the deciding Ashes Test.

Somerset squad: Langer (capt), Trescothick, De Bruyn, Hildreth, Kieswetter (wk), Trego, Suppiah, Thomas, Waller, Willoughby, Durston, Turner, Banks, Phillips, Buttler.
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Marcus Trescothick ready to tour India

Marcus Trescothick could play cricket overseas for the first time since 2006 after being named in Somerset's Champions League Twenty20 squad.

The 33-year-old former England opener retired from international cricket because of a stress-related illness.

But he is set to fly with his county to India in October for the tournament.

"It is his firm intention to make the trip. But we appreciate his situation and there are no guarantees," said director of cricket Brian Rose.

"If at any time he feels the need to pull out we will understand."

Trescothick will be vice-captain of the 15-man squad, led by Justin Langer, and one idea being considered is for him to be based with his family in the United Arab Emirates and commute to the match venues.

That, Langer told BBC Sport, is part of the reason Trescothick and Somerset are confident he will be able to travel.

My gut feeling is that Marcus won't play international cricket again... regardless of how this trip goes

Justin Langer

"The way he's played over his career and, in particular, over the last couple of years mean it is a huge boost to have his name on the team sheet, of course," said the former Australia opener.

"It'll be an ongoing decision for him. He has to ensure things are comfortable for him overseas and that his family will come with him to try to ease the burden."

The 38-year-old Langer added: "But right now he's really positive about coming, he's very hopeful. We've had plenty of discussions about it and at this stage that's why he's been named in the squad.

"He's determined to be there and help Somerset win what should be an unbelievable tournament."

However, Langer warned that a successful trip to India would not lead to Trescothick resuming an England career.

The left-hander retired from internationals last year, and Langer said: "My gut feeling - and you can only really ask him this - is that Marcus won't play international cricket again.

"I'm sure he dreams of it at times but my gut feeling, regardless of how this trip goes, is he won't ever play for England again. You can regard this as a one-off thing on that front."

The Taunton-based county and Sussex, who beat the Cidermen in this summer's Twenty20 Cup final, will be the two English teams involved in the Indian tournament.

Somerset's 15-man squad, which includes uncapped 18-year-old wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, will fly out in time for their first match against Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad on 10 October.

606: DEBATE
I really hope he can handle it. If he finds he can cope then he's still one of the best batsmen in England and only 33

TooSensible

Trescothick remains one of the finest English batsmen and is particularly adept in the shortest format.

He hit 56 from 32 balls in the semi-finals of the Twenty20 Cup to help beat Kent and ensure his team's passage to India. He added a similarly explosive 33 in the final, although it was not enough because Sussex won by 63 runs.

The trip to India will take him back to the country where his illness surfaced during a tour by England three years ago.

He initially felt his problems had been caused by physical and mental exhaustion brought on by England's gruelling schedule, plus the strain of missing his family.

But, as detailed in his autobiography, when he suffered from repeated shivering and sweating and broke down in front of Peter Gregory, then the England team doctor, he was aware it was something far more worrying.

He has not represented England since returning home early from the last Ashes tour to Australia in November 2006 before the first Test was played.

Trescothick later described his mood as "swinging wildly, between something approaching despair and spells when things wouldn't seem so awful".

He officially retired from international cricket in March 2008 after pulling out of Somerset's pre-season tour to Dubai at the last minute.

And he ruled out any possibility of an England comeback last month after being tipped for a call-up for the deciding Ashes Test.

Somerset squad: Langer (capt), Trescothick, De Bruyn, Hildreth, Kieswetter (wk), Trego, Suppiah, Thomas, Waller, Willoughby, Durston, Turner, Banks, Phillips, Buttler.
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Cricket team’s Lanka visit: Hearing tomorrow

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Hearing on a plea seeking ban on the Indian cricket team’s vist to Sri Lanka was put off for Wednesday (September 9) by the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Monday.

Sri Lanka is hosting a three-nation cricket tournment from September 8 to 13. Joel Paul, a lawyer, has filed a plea before the High Court Bench seeking a ban on Indian team participating in the matches, saying that during the past 60 years, 12 lakh Tamils in that country were killed and presently lakhs of them were languishing in open air prisons.

When the petition came up for hearing before a Division Bench comprising Justices P Murugesan and C S Karnan, counsel for petitioner senior advocate Karuppan argued that when apartheid was at its height in South Africa, India severed sports and cultural ties with that country. Now Sri Lanka had exceeded South Africa in this regard. India which spoke against Pakistan’s activities in East Pakistan and in support of Palestinians should now come forward to prevent the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Nations of the world were condemning the actions of the Sri Lankan government. The Chief Justice of that country had also expressed his opposition to what was happening to the Tamils. In that context, the question arises if India should continue its cultural ties with that country, counsel said, and prayed that the Bench be pleased to issue an order banning the visit of Indian cricket team to that country.

Counsel for Central Government said there was no guidance from the Centre on this issue and this was not a matter that could be canvassed before this court. He sought further time for argument.

The Bench then put off hearing for Wednesday.
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Cricket team’s Lanka visit: Hearing tomorrow

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Hearing on a plea seeking ban on the Indian cricket team’s vist to Sri Lanka was put off for Wednesday (September 9) by the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Monday.

Sri Lanka is hosting a three-nation cricket tournment from September 8 to 13. Joel Paul, a lawyer, has filed a plea before the High Court Bench seeking a ban on Indian team participating in the matches, saying that during the past 60 years, 12 lakh Tamils in that country were killed and presently lakhs of them were languishing in open air prisons.

When the petition came up for hearing before a Division Bench comprising Justices P Murugesan and C S Karnan, counsel for petitioner senior advocate Karuppan argued that when apartheid was at its height in South Africa, India severed sports and cultural ties with that country. Now Sri Lanka had exceeded South Africa in this regard. India which spoke against Pakistan’s activities in East Pakistan and in support of Palestinians should now come forward to prevent the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Nations of the world were condemning the actions of the Sri Lankan government. The Chief Justice of that country had also expressed his opposition to what was happening to the Tamils. In that context, the question arises if India should continue its cultural ties with that country, counsel said, and prayed that the Bench be pleased to issue an order banning the visit of Indian cricket team to that country.

Counsel for Central Government said there was no guidance from the Centre on this issue and this was not a matter that could be canvassed before this court. He sought further time for argument.

The Bench then put off hearing for Wednesday.
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni tops Forbes' list of top earning cricketers

Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain of the Indian cricket team has just topped the list of world’s top earning cricket players that was released by Forbes magazine. The list comprised of the top ten players of which five are from India. According to the magazine, Dhoni has earned a whopping 10 million USDs in the past year. The magazine said, “Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who plays for the Chennai Super Kings and tops our list as cricket's first USD 10 million-a-year man (that's USD 5,426 for each run scored).

According to the magazine, Dhoni made USD eight million in endorsements. He endorsed the likes of Reebok and Pepsi. The magazine also noted that Dhoni’s endorsements were 45 per cent more than any other player. "Among all Indian athletes and entertainers, Dhoni's 17 corporate sponsors is second to only Bollywood star and co- owner of the Knight Riders, Shahrukh Khan," Forbes said.

“Paycheck figures include club and national team salaries and commercial endorsement income over the last 12 months," said Forbes. Out of the ten cricketers who made the million dollar list, four are from the Indian sub-continent.

The 'little master', Sachin Tendulkar, comes in second in the list with an impressive garner of USD eight million. Tendulkar who is considered by many to be one of the greatest batsmen of all time, still has plenty of endorsement deals. "He is (Sachin Tendulkar) one of five Indian Premier League players who have been bestowed 'icon' status, meaning he automatically receives a paycheck 15 per cent larger than his highest paid teammate. Tendulkar's USD 1.1 million salary from the Mumbai Indians helped push his total earnings to USD eight million over the last 12 months."

Coming in at third spot in the list is Yuvraj Singh who pocketed USD 5.5 million the last year alone. Rahul Dravid comes in next with a take home figure of USD five million. The skipper of the 'Bangalore Royals' team steered his team one of a big comeback this season on the IPL and finished runner up in the competition. Andrew Flintoff comes fifth in the list after making USD four million. Saurav Ganguly, the 'dada' of Bengal may have led the Knight Riders to defeat in the latest season of IPl, but he laughed all the way to the bank after pocketing a mullah worth USD 3.5 million himself.

Fellow IPL team mate and Australian skipper, Ricky Ponting shares the sixth spot with Saurav Ganguly earning a reported USD three million. Forbes magazine pointed out in the list that the highly popular Indian Premier League is one of the reasons why cricketers today are raking in so much money. "With its deep-pocketed owners and global appeal, nine of the 10 highest-paid cricket players call the Indian Premier League (IPL) home”, Forbes said in its website.

Also making the list are Australia’s Brett Lee and Kevin Pietersen who each raked in USD three million. And rounding up this list is Kevin Pietersen from Australia who earned USD 2.5 million. Whilst cricket is played on a professional level in around 100 countries, the players who made this list come from only three – India, Australia and England.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni tops Forbes' list of top earning cricketers

Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain of the Indian cricket team has just topped the list of world’s top earning cricket players that was released by Forbes magazine. The list comprised of the top ten players of which five are from India. According to the magazine, Dhoni has earned a whopping 10 million USDs in the past year. The magazine said, “Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who plays for the Chennai Super Kings and tops our list as cricket's first USD 10 million-a-year man (that's USD 5,426 for each run scored).

According to the magazine, Dhoni made USD eight million in endorsements. He endorsed the likes of Reebok and Pepsi. The magazine also noted that Dhoni’s endorsements were 45 per cent more than any other player. "Among all Indian athletes and entertainers, Dhoni's 17 corporate sponsors is second to only Bollywood star and co- owner of the Knight Riders, Shahrukh Khan," Forbes said.

“Paycheck figures include club and national team salaries and commercial endorsement income over the last 12 months," said Forbes. Out of the ten cricketers who made the million dollar list, four are from the Indian sub-continent.

The 'little master', Sachin Tendulkar, comes in second in the list with an impressive garner of USD eight million. Tendulkar who is considered by many to be one of the greatest batsmen of all time, still has plenty of endorsement deals. "He is (Sachin Tendulkar) one of five Indian Premier League players who have been bestowed 'icon' status, meaning he automatically receives a paycheck 15 per cent larger than his highest paid teammate. Tendulkar's USD 1.1 million salary from the Mumbai Indians helped push his total earnings to USD eight million over the last 12 months."

Coming in at third spot in the list is Yuvraj Singh who pocketed USD 5.5 million the last year alone. Rahul Dravid comes in next with a take home figure of USD five million. The skipper of the 'Bangalore Royals' team steered his team one of a big comeback this season on the IPL and finished runner up in the competition. Andrew Flintoff comes fifth in the list after making USD four million. Saurav Ganguly, the 'dada' of Bengal may have led the Knight Riders to defeat in the latest season of IPl, but he laughed all the way to the bank after pocketing a mullah worth USD 3.5 million himself.

Fellow IPL team mate and Australian skipper, Ricky Ponting shares the sixth spot with Saurav Ganguly earning a reported USD three million. Forbes magazine pointed out in the list that the highly popular Indian Premier League is one of the reasons why cricketers today are raking in so much money. "With its deep-pocketed owners and global appeal, nine of the 10 highest-paid cricket players call the Indian Premier League (IPL) home”, Forbes said in its website.

Also making the list are Australia’s Brett Lee and Kevin Pietersen who each raked in USD three million. And rounding up this list is Kevin Pietersen from Australia who earned USD 2.5 million. Whilst cricket is played on a professional level in around 100 countries, the players who made this list come from only three – India, Australia and England.