Nine West Indians retained for next season’s IPL

first_imgMUMBAI, India (CMC):Nine West Indies Twenty20 stars that have enriched the lucrative Indian Premier League have been retained for next season, organisers announced yesterday.Superstars Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, as well as current West Indies T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite, headline the list, which includes 44 overseas players of the total 140 kept when the window for the eight franchises to retain players for the coming season closed on December 15.Current West Indies Test and one-day international captain Jason Holder and fellow fast-bowler Jerome Taylor are the only two West Indians that were part of the IPL last season that were cut, being dropped by Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians respectively.Gayle and leg-spin bowler Samuel Badree were retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), which lost the final this year against Sunrisers Hyderabad.Gayle and Badree are two of 20 that RCB have retained at a cost of close to US$9 million and will help to form the same core of players that played last season.Bravo and his namesake Dwayne Smith have been kept by Gujarat Lions, which retained 16 players at just over US$8.5 million, but also off-loaded eight players, including star South Africa fast-bowler Dale Steyn.Brathwaite regained his place with the Daredevils, as one of five overseas players retained among the 18 at a cost of close to US$7.5 million.Though they may have parted company with Holder, the Knight Riders have, however, held on to spinner Sunil Narine and all-rounder Andre Russell, as two of four overseas players retained as part of a group 14, costing a little over US$7.7 million.The Indians have kept big-hitting Kieron Pollard and compatriot Lendl Simmons among six overseas players that help to form the 20, which the franchise retained at a hefty price tag of just over US$9 million – the highest of the franchises.RCB and the Indians have retained 20 – the highest number of players – and KKR have retained the least number with 14.Rising Pune Superstars released 11 players – the highest number – but Kings XI Punjab still have the biggest cap space of close to US$3.9 million to spend on bringing new playing resources to the franchise.last_img read more

Europes commercial broadcasters have said propose

first_imgEurope’s commercial broadcasters have said proposed changes to to the main directive covering content and distribution risk stunting growth in the sector, reducing consumer choice, and putting a brake on investment in local programming.Europe is in the throes of revising the AVMS Directive with a view to fostering the digital economy in the region.A host of associations representing broadcasters in the EU have aligned their lobbying effort with a joint statement in which they warn of the dangers to the industry if mooted changes are implemented.A statement outlining objections counts industry groups ACT, COBA, CRT, EGTA, VPRT and UTECA among its signatories.Its specific complaints relate to proposed new rules on advertising, which the group complains will limit the ability of commercial networks to invest in content, and are also out of sync with the rules for online video platforms.They also take issue with the idea that broadcasters will face levies on their linear and on-demand services, which they say will restrict their ability to fund programming ‘and prevent channels from taking an innovative approach to funding content in response to changing audience demand’.The other area of concern is that the ‘country of origin’ principle, which means channels are beholden to local country-specific rules, will be eroded as the EU seeks uniformity across the region.The group said reworking AVMS is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to boost commercial TV in the EU region, but that the proposals in their current form ‘represent a step backwards’.“When the European Commission embarked on the current review, vice president Andrus Ansip pledged to enable audiovisual companies ‘to be the powerhouses in the digital economy, not weigh them down with unnecessary rules’, but instead of deregulation, current proposals will increase restrictions – jeopardising investment in European content, increasing unfair competition with online players, and undermining the freedom to broadcast,” said the group.last_img read more