As an exciting Saturday (May 13) unfurled for cricket fans with two IPL matches and one international fixture scheduled, newspapers scrutinised Kieron Pollard’s “one-short” run, which opened up cricket’s latest can of worms, and the latest IPL betting controversy, which raised questions about the alleged involvement of two players of Gujarat Lions.

There was talk on the fickle nature of the IPL, the players who sparkled and then lost themselves in the black hole of anonymity, and IPL’s latest retention policy.
In other news, Peter Handscomb leapt into Australia cricket’s pay debate.
Were Mumbai Indians actually penalized a run when Kieron Pollard plonked his bat almost a foot short of the popping crease and turned around for the second run on Thursday, or were they in fact awarded one? For the record, the equation following the first ball of MI’s final over stood at 15 needed off the last 5 balls. More importantly, it also meant Pollard the danger man was back on strike. So both Mumbai and Pollard had achieved what they wanted to and also reduced the margin by a run after Pollard was deemed to have been “one-short”.
The big West Indian has been accused of cheating and deliberately taking a short run in order to retain the strike and give Mumbai Indians the best chance of chasing down Kings XI Punjab’s target of 231.
Needing 16 runs to win off the final over, Pollard faced up to Mohit Sharma and punched the first delivery down to long on where Kings XI’s Australian captain Glenn Maxwell was on patrol.
In a new twist to the IPL betting controversy, one of the three front men arrested from a Kanpur hotel reportedly claimed in his conversation with the Ajmer-based bookie that he was in touch with two players of Gujarat Lions. Based on this conversation, Kanpur cops may question the two players.
Just when it looked like the Indian Premier League (IPL) would pass off peacefully, the money-spinning tournament has been left fighting the betting menace following the arrests made in Kanpur on Thursday.
A BCCI insider informed that further investigation would be carried out by Kanpur Police. But the Indian Board is taking confidence from the fact that it is their Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) that has shown alertness and acted on the case.
 
The 51st match of IPL-10 between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab on Thursday saw both teams collectively notch up a whopping 453 runs in 40 overs. Punjab, who are battling on valiantly to keep their play-offs hopes alive, prevailed by seven runs. But, the brutal assault on bowlers on a muggy evening at the Wankhede prompted MI offspinner, Harbhajan Singh, to tweet after the match: “Man of the match @ wankhede #curator almost 460 plus runs in 40 overs. Time is near when only bowling machines will b bowling not bowlers.“
 
With the business end of IPL-10 nearing, a group of young stars, as usual, have lit up the sky with their sterling show. Be it Nitish Rana, Mohammad Siraj, Rishabh Pant, Siddarth Kaul to name a few. That the youngsters have to a large extent been able to outshine their more famous colleagues isn’t new to the IPL.
Much of the IPL fanfare every year revolves around the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni. But none of these top India stars bound for the ICC Champions Trophy in England feature among the top 20 run-getters in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year.
Barring Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina, who is a standby in the Champions Trophy squad, all the senior batsmen have performed below expectations, much to the disappointment of fans and franchises.
He has successfully replaced MS Dhoni behind the stumps in India’s Test team, even staving off stiff competition from Parthiv Patel recently. But Wriddhiman Saha doesn’t even get talked about when you discuss who could be Dhoni’s heir apparent in limited overs.
A ‘right-to-match’ option could be the only hope left for IPL teams to retain their big stars if the governing council sends all the players back to the auction pool without retention.
Sources said prominent Indian cricket board (BCCI) members are firm about sending all the cricketers back to the auction. However, Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad are in favour of having the option of matching cards, which permits team owners to retain players by matching their auction price.
It is six weeks since K.L. Rahul scored the winning runs in Dharamshala. As he completed the third run that afternoon – when India actually needed only two for victory – Rahul leapt, punched the air, and roared in what seemed like fury. That moment capped off a gilded 12 months for the Karnataka opener: beginning with the 2016 IPL, through the tour of the West Indies, and ending with the long, triumphant season at home. The Australia series was, Rahul acknowledges, the hardest of his 17-Test career. It was also his finest, the six fifties in seven innings a decisive factor in India’s Border-Gavaskar Trophy success.
Emerging Australian Test batsman Peter Handscomb has leapt into cricket’s pay debate, declaring all players should be treated equally and raising fears long-form players could be lost to Twenty20 should the current financial model not be retained.
At some time this month, professional cricketers all over the globe should take a moment and offer a silent salute to Kerry Packer. It was in May 40 years ago that his plans for revolutionising cricket became public, and the old game was never the same.
Media magnate Packer was miffed that the Australian Cricket Board wouldn’t give over TV rights to his progressive Channel Nine network, preferring to stay in what was seen as a cosy relationship with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the longstanding producers of international cricket.