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Dhoni, left, and Virat
Kohli, with the tri-
series trophy after
beating Sri Lanka in
tri-series final at the
Queen's Park Oval in
Port-of-Spain on July
11. Kohli was first
appointed ODI captain
after MS Dhoni
injured his hamstring
during the Tri-Nation
series in West Indies.
Virat Kohli is upbeat about taking
on the ODI captaincy for a full series
for the first time during India s tour
of Zimbabwe later this month, and is
confident of his young team s chances.
Under the new selection panel, India
has begun to phase out several senior
players; the recent Champions Trophy
success was achieved without the likes
of Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir,
Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan. On
the Zimbabwe tour, it will be an even
more inexperienced team as India will
be without regular captain Mahendra
Singh Dhoni and frontline spinner R
Ashwin. The squad will also be missing
regulars like Bhuvneshwar Kumar,
Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma.
"I don t think experience matters,
especially in [the] limited overs game,"
Kohli said at a promotional event in
Mumbai. "You need eleven players who
are hungry for success, who are hard-
working and whose vision is victory.
All fifteen players are strong and it is
a strong unit, which is good."
India are currently the No 1 ranked
ODI side, and have convincingly won
four of their last five series. "If we con-
tinue this way, it will be a good time
for Indian cricket. It would make a lot
of people happy."
Kohli was previously the stand-in
captain after Dhoni injured his ham-
string in a match against West Indies
during the recent Tri-Nation series. He
has plenty of captaincy experience,
having led India to the Under-19 World
Cup title in 2008, Delhi on the domestic
circuit and Royal Challengers Bangalore
in the IPL.
When asked whether he was fazed
by the expectations and pressure of
leading the Indian team, Kohli said: "I
always like to lead form the front and
set an example for whoever is playing
with me or around me. I like taking
responsibilities. That is a natural thing
Kohli was also happy that allrounder
Parvez Rasool was included in the
squad, the first cricketer from Jammu
and Kashmir to be selected in the
national team. "It is a good sign that
players are not just coming from major
cities. You can see everybody is working
hard and the thinking is not narrow-
minded. If he gets the opportunity to
play a match then I am sure he will try
to give a good performance."
India take on Zimbabwe in five ODIs
in a series starting July 24.
Kohli backs young
squad ahead of
The cancellation of this year s Sri
Lanka Premier League (SLPL) has
served as a strong warning to those
running the two-season-old
Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). The
contracts of five out of the seven BPL
franchisees had been conditionally ter-
minated by the Bangladesh Cricket
Board (BCB) last month after they
missed the deadline for the third
installment of the 2013 season s player
payments; the BCB could suffer huge
losses if the franchises continue to
miss payment deadlines, but they have
kept the door open as a "last chance"
for the franchisees to complete pay-
If the organisers plan to keep the
tournament afloat, though, they think
the only way out is to completely over-
haul the BPL s business model, which
could take another nine months.
The SLC barred the franchises from
taking part in the players draft after
they missed two deadlines to provide
bank guarantees for player payments.
The BCB, on the other hand, became
the players payment guarantor after
the franchises missed payment deadlines
during and after the first season in 2012.
As a result, the board has had to pay
on behalf of the franchises that haven t
made these payments. Only two of the
franchises have reportedly cleared 50
per cent of the players dues. In addition,
six of the franchises still haven t paid
the annual $250,000 ownership fees.
BPL secretary Ismail Haider Mallick
said that the board has sent out half
the players payments, and is on target
to complete all payments within the
next few months. He was also confident
that despite legally terminating the fran-
chisees contracts, the league can still
get them to complete all their payments
and continue to play in the league.
"We have paid 50 per cent of the
players dues," Mallick said. "We have
terminated contracts for five franchisees,
but we are still open to discussion."
With regards to the unpaid franchise
fees, Mallick is particularly concerned
about Rajshahi, Sylhet, Khulna and
Barisal clearing the payment. Rangpur
has already paid 40% of its Tk 2 crore
($250,000) annual fee, while 2013 final-
ists Dhaka and Chittagong are supposed
to receive prize money, which will be
adjusted with their franchise fees. While
the franchises themselves will remain
alive, according to Mallick, he did not
rule out a change in ownership if the
dues are not cleared.
"Rangpur has paid Tk 80 lakh
($100,000) and has committed to pay
the rest. Dhaka and Chittagong s prize
money will be adjusted accordingly.
We are only focused on the four other
franchises in this case.
"If any of the franchises fail to pay
up, and we do expect one or two to
not do so, the ownership will transfer
hands, though the franchise will remain
SLPL cancellation serves
as warning for BPL
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