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The phone call ended with Moon’s renewed invitation for the US leader to visit South Korea before the year’s end or during the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games to be held here in February 2018. The talks came after the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a new sanctions resolution against Pyongyang,500 crore more. It has no students union. India has a team that is capable.

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Government money is dumped into consultancies and no work has been done either on sustainability and equitable distribution of water, he said For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsThe country’s annual cricket carnival — the Indian Premier League (IPL) — is almost upon us and with the player auction slated to take place on 20 February excitement is definitely in the air Who would draw the highest bid who would trigger a bidding frenzy which franchise would be able to add substantial muscle to their squad which of them would fail to do so These are the questions that are doing the rounds as we approach D-Day in about a week’s time in Bengaluru What characterised the IPL last season was that there was not a lot of difference in the strengths of the eight franchises The focus was on getting players suited to team plan and for specific positions not so much on going after big names as a one-point agenda Kolkata Knight Riders players celebrate a wicket against Sunrisers Hyderabad in a match in IPL 2016 AFP It was the reason some of the stars of world cricket like Mahela Jayawardene Michael Hussey George Bailey Darren Sammy Martin Guptill Brad Haddin and Manoj Tiwary went unsold So somebody like KC Cariappa attracted Rs 80 lakh and Pawan Negi drew a massive Rs 85 crore as they fitted the scheme of their respective teams while players like Jayawardene Hussey and Tiwary were left in the cold even though had done pretty well in the previous editions of the league as the teams already had requirements addressed It was all about getting value for money even if it meant choosing lesser known and utility players ahead of some of the established stars That’s the way it is in a franchise-based corporate enterprise which the IPL essentially is and that is what it will be this year too The Shah Rukh Khan-co-owned two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) perhaps made the mistake of putting heart over mind when they made purchases before the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008 going whole hog after pomp packing their team with top foreign stars like Chris Gayle Brendon McCullum Ricky Ponting Shoaib Akhtar Umar Gul Brad Hodge Mohammad Hafeez and Ajantha Mendis while they underspent on quality Indian players with Sourav Ganguly and Ishant Sharma perhaps the only Indian players of note in the side at that time Ajit Agarkar and Aakash Chopra were not your archetypal T20 players while Wriddhiman Saha was still an unknown quantity The problem with KKR’s strategy was you could play only four overseas players in the starting eleven They had also to ensure that there was a balance between the various arms of the team KKR’s philosophy in 2008 could perhaps be seen as an extension of that of their flamboyant co-owner the Bollywood megastar but it did not make for good business sense And the results as expected were indifferent KKR finished sixthin 2008 and last the next year when the squad was more of less the same while teams like Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals who had a good mix of foreign and Indian players excelled KKR’s approach became more pragmatic over the years and it was only in 2011 with the coming in of Gautam Gambhir Yusuf Pathan Jacques Kallis Brett Lee Shakib Al Hasan Manvinder Bisla and Laxmipathy Balaji that the team was rendered the balance that was lacking The addition of mystery spinner Sunil Narine next year bolstered the attack and the Gambhir-led side went on to win the title in 2012 and 2014 The Kolkata franchise didn’t need to make more than seven purchases in the auctions last year as they had a pretty set team but having retained only 14 players they are expected to make some big purchases this year They have the scope to double their squad strength and also have Rs 1975 crore of their purse remaining to be spent (they have already spent Rs 4625 crore) KKR curiously had released most of the players that they had bought last year including Jason Holder Colin Munro John Hastings Manan Sharma R Sathish and Jayadev Unadkat They have also importantly retained four overseas players and can add five more to their squad The team was hit hard following the ban on their key all-rounder Andre Russell The West Indian was banned for a year from all forms of cricket on account of a doping code violation earlier this month which has left a huge gap in the KKR squad Their focus now therefore would be to find a replacement for Russell and the name that immediately comes to mind is the England all-rounder Ben Stokes The Englishman had been in fine form during the recently concluded tour of India in all forms of the game He scored 120 runs and took six wickets in the ODI series against India and was the Man of the Match in the last match in Kolkata which England won With that he exorcised the ghosts of getting hit for four sixes in four balls in the last over of the World T20 final at the same Eden Gardens last year and now Eden Gardens could be his home ground in the IPL He had scored 46 runs and taken two wickets in the T20I series against India What Stokes can achieve is that he can double up as a pacer as well as a more than handy batsman With Umesh Yadav and the rookie Ankit Rajpoot as the only pacers in the side KKR would really be looking to fill up the void in this department And with the tussle among the franchises expected to be stiff over Stokes KKR would also target New Zealander Corey Anderson who comes with similar a skill set as an alternative for Stokes Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews is another player in the same category that KKR may want to go for though he has an expensive Rs 2 crore base price They would also have eyes on Australian Mitchell Johnson and New Zealand’s Trent Boult released by Kings’ XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively to shore up their pace bowling resources They may also be interested in England’s Chris Woakes and Tymal Mills Australia’s Pat Cummins and Kane Richardson and South Africa’s Kyle Abbott and Kagiso Rabada if they don’t get the other pacers mentioned They had released South Africa’s Morne Morkel who has had injury trouble and are not likely to go after Dale Steyn who has also been confronting injury problems of late The Kolkata franchise would also like to add some Indian pacers as Umesh’s partner to add a balance between Indian and overseas players The main target here would be KKR old boy Ishant Sharma who however may take away a substantial amount from KKR’s purse having listed himself at the highest base price of Rs 2 crore If the franchise are to take in Stokes or Johnson both of whom have the same Rs 2 crore base price and if there is tough bidding for them Ishant may be out of reach for KKR The team would then have to make do with Varun Aaron Rishi Dhawan or RP Singh The spin bowling is in good hands under Narine Shakib Al Hasan Piyush Chawla and Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and KKR may just want to add Karn Sharma as a back-up The batting also looks pretty settled with the likes of Gambhir Pathan Robin Uthappa Suryakumar Yadav and Manish Pandey in the side Adding Eoin Morgan another former KKR player would considerably beef up the batting The England captain had been in sizzling form in the recently-concluded limited-overs series against India scoring 173 runs in three ODIs including a century and 108 runs in three T20Is After that he went on to score a 57-ball unbeaten 80 in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) helping his team Peshawar Zalmi to an easy win over Karachi Kings Before the India series he had been in fine touch in the Big Bash League (BBL) scoring 159 runs at 3975 for Sydney Thunder However Morgan will also be an expensive buy having listed his base price at Rs 2 crore Hard-hitting Afghan batter and off-break bowler Mohammad Nabi may also be picked up by the Kolkata side and can be the utility player that Ryan Ten Doeschate was for the team Aditya Tare released by Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mahipal Lomror released by Delhi Daredevils and former KKR man Manoj could be the Indian batsmen on the franchise’s radar Tare additionally will provide a wicket-keeping option apart from Uthappa and Sheldon Jackson The franchise may also be interested in Australia’s George Bailey So expect some big bang purchases by KKR with a focus on the pace department and batting The franchise’s performance since 2011 have been pretty good in which they have lifted the title twice and reached the play-offs on two other occasions They would want to maintain that and for that they would need to spend wisely If they can do that and with the players that they already have KKR can well be the team to beat in IPL 2017 Click hereto know what the franchises need to do in the IPL 2017 auction Click here for when and where to watch the auction live coverage on TV online streaming New Delhi: Brushing aside all resistance the Supreme Court on Monday appointed a four-member committee of administrators headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai to run the affairs of the BCCI and implement court-approved recommendations of the Justice RM Lodha panel on reforms in the cash-rich cricket body SC appointed a four-member panel to look after the administration of the BCCI AFP Other three members of the committee of administrators are famous cricket historian Ramachandra Guha Vikram Limaye managing director of Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) and former Indian women’s cricket captain Diana Edulji who would interact with Rahul Johri CEO of BCCI for supervision and functioning of the cricket board A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra also paved the way for the Indian cricket board’s representation in the upcoming crucial ICC meeting starting from the first week of February by appointing cricket administrators Amitabh Chaudhary and Aniruddh Chaudhary of BCCI alongwith Limaye for the purpose While naming the four members for the committee of administrators (COA) the bench which also comprised Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud rejected the suggestion of attorney general Mukul Rohatgi to appoint secretary of Union sports ministry as one of the administrators saying its 18 July 2016 judgment had specifically debarred ministers and government servants from holding any office in the BCCI The bench also made it clear that the BCCI CEO would report to this AOA and with the assistance of the counsel of the Board apprise the administrators about the implementation of the Lodha panel recommendations accepted by the apex court The COA will place before the apex court within four weeks from Monday the report about the recommendations for reforms in the cricket body complied with by BCCI it said The list of names from which the names for the COA were shortlisted were placed in sealed covers by senior advocates and amicus curiae Anil Divan and Gopal Subramaniam and Kapil Sibal who represented some state cricket associations including Himachal Pradesh Senior advocate Arvind Datar representing the BCCI had given the list of names for selecting the representative for the ICC meeting being held between 2-4 February At the outset the attorney general and senior advocate Kapil Sibal representing some state associations pointed to alleged inherent infirmities in the 18 July 2016 judgment by which the apex court had accepted major recommendations of the Lodha panel including a bar on ministers and civil servants and those above 70 years from becoming its members Rohatgi raised the issue of Railways armed forces and Association of Universities saying their voting rights have been taken away by the judgment as their BCCI membership had been downgraded to associate from the permanent one leading to change in the electoral college States like Mizoram Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland which hardly play any cricket have become full members and this has changed the entire balance he said adding that certain aspects needed a relook Sibal concurred with the submissions of the top law officer and said the main judgment had said that the state associations would not be touched Some of state associations are governed by the Trust Act some are ruled by the Companies Act and some by the Societies law and hence their affairs cannot be run uniformly he said adding "how can administrators take over state associations" Senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam who is assisting the court as an amicus curiae alleged that all these objections had been raised and rejected by the court and the only issue remaining was the implementation of the judgment The apex court had considered the road blocks being created in implementation of its judgment and had decided to removed Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke as president and secretary of BCCI he said BCCI and state associations were required to file two sets of undertakings one before the court and another for the Lodha panel indicating their willingness to abide by the judgment the amicus curiae said Sibal opposed the submissions saying the BCCI had said it would persuade state associations to adopt the Lodha panel’s recommendations as the state bodies are governed by statutes "The administrators cannot takeover the state associations for various reasons There are impediments under the law. By one stroke over 300 persons have been disqualified" he said adding that there was a need to have a fresh look at these issues Another senior advocate Arvind Datar appearing for the BCCI said that all major recommendations of the Lodha panel have been accepted and are being implemented by the cricket body The bench however made clear that it would presently deal with the aspect of appointing committee of administrators for the BCCI and asked the counsel for the Lodha panel to provide the COA the list of recommendations to be implemented By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: September 7 2016 8:10 pm Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting during an event in Mumbai He said that the upcoming series between South Africa and Australia is going to be a “great” contest PTI Photo Top News Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting on Wednesdaysaid that the 2001 Test series in India which was won by the hosts was one of the most remarkable series that he has ever played in The 41-year-old right handed batsman walked down the memory lane and talked about the historic 2001 India-Australia series saying: “2001 series was probably the most remarkable Test series I have played in We lost the series but the level of cricket that was played and the intensity with which the series was played the audience in attendance right through the series was unbelievable “All finishing off. 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