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The 2015 season of the Indian Premier League (abbreviated as IPL 8 or Pepsi IPL 2015) is the eighth season of the IPL. Kolkata Knight Riders are the defending champions having won the title in the 2014 season. The complete tournament is expected to be held across different cities in India unlike the previous season. The tournament was started on Wednesday, 8 April 2015 after the end of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. A total of 60 T20 matches will be held in the entire tournament. No matches will be held in Kolkata between April 12 and April 25 due to Municipal Elections.

Franchises retained 123 players 8th IPL season before moving into auction. The released players provided an option to register themselves for auction. 6 Players were transferred across teams before the auction took place. In the Pepsi IPL 2015 auction held on February 16 at Bangalore, Yuvraj Singh was sold to Delhi Daredevils for 16 crores INR, for a record bid in IPL auction history. A total of 67 players were sold out in the auction and all franchises spent total of 87.60 Crores to buy players.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Craig McDermott returns to fray as bowling coach

Former Test quick Craig McDermott is to be the Australian cricket team's new bowling coach.

McDermott, who took 291 wickets at 28.63 in 71 Tests, replaces Troy Cooley in the role after Cooley became the Centre of Excellence head coach following last summer's Ashes campaign.

The 46-year-old Queenslander was considered a front-runner for the job after taking on a mentoring role with Australia's quicks during the recent one-day tour of Bangladesh.

Cricket Australia (CA) has called a press conference to announce the appointment at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane.

McDermott is believed to have come out on top of a CA shortlist of 14 for the job, a list that included South African quick Allan Donald.

McDermott takes over at a promising time for Australia's fast-bowling stocks with youngsters such as Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson, Peter George and Pat Cummins all coming through the ranks at state level.

Current Test bowlers Peter Siddle, Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus are also all relatively young.

McDermott, who retired from international cricket in 1996, will take over the role immediately.

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