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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.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Set for overhaul Sri Lanka Cricket

After a fundamental rights petition on behalf of local cricket clubs by the United Southern Sports Club, Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Monday ordered elections at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).

The sports ministry was ordered to ensure that the current interim committee, including the controversial chairman Somachandra de Silva and secretary Nishantha Ranatunga be replaced by July 6.

The current chairman and secretary have come into heavy criticism over their professional conduct, with allegations of corruption, financial mismanagement and nepotism made against them.

Furthermore, colossal financial losses under their watch has also prompted an investigation by the parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE).

“We have asked the SLC to appear before COPE and answer allegations of discrepancies in its accounts, misappropriation of funds and other irregularities,” COPE chairman minister D.E.W. Gunasekara told the local media today.

“The Auditor General has been asked to make available to COPE all documents pertaining to SLC transactions and payments.

Elected by the sports minister, at the behest of the ruling party, SLC has been governed by government appointed officials with no oversight and have been blamed for much of the problems facing Sri Lankan cricket and its governing body today.

“Good teams like Australia usually have got strong or good management backing the team up. That's an area we can improve here,” outgoing coach of the Sri Lankan side Trevor Bayliss told AFP in an interview recently, highlighting the current SLC administration as a hindrance to the Sri Lankan side’s progress on the field.

In recent days, SLC has been embroiled in a dispute with its Indian counterparts, which many say was instigated by the sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage after he claimed that he was mistreated during the World Cup final in India, causing tensions between SLC and its own players to soar.

In addition, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said that it is planning on amending its constitution to ensure members and their respective bodies carry out elections and to eliminate government and political interference in member nations.

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