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Pune franchise to don blue and silver jersey in IPL 2012
By IPL Desk
Mumbai 22 March 2012
The Pune Warriors India have made it official that Sourav Ganguly will be the team’s mentor-cum-captain for IPL 2012.
"We are extremely proud that Sourav Ganguly is the captain and mentor of Pune Warriors India in this season of IPL,” Sahara chief Subroto Roy said in the press release issued by the franchise.
“I am sure that his experience, expertise and deep understanding of the nuances of the game will definitely infuse an exemplary spirit of passion and commitment amongst the members of the team,” he said of the former India captain, who takes the reins of the team in absence of the ailing Yuvraj Singh.
Former South African pacer Allan Donald is the team’s bowling mentor while Praveen Amre will coach the batsmen. Pady Upton is the mental and high performance coach of the team.
The Pune-based team will also don a new jersey, which is turquoise blue and silver in colour, which a change from their last season’s black uniform.
Jackman, Mbangwa, Moody, Raja, Reeve join Ind panel
Mumbai 22 March 2012
The 2012 season of the DLF IPL is set to commence on Wednesday, 4 April 2012, and some of the world best commentators will be there to bring the best ball-by-ball action.
This year sees 9 teams playing a total of 76 matches played across 12 venues starting with defending champions Chennai Super Kings hosting the Mumbai Indians at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
IPL has invited the best commentators the game has ever seen from all over the globe, to share their experience and expertise with television viewers around the world.
Robin Jackman, who was born in the Punjab and played for both England and Rhodesia, has settled in South Africa as a commentator. He will be joined by recently retired HD Ackerman and former South African captain Kepler Wessels, who coached Chennai Super Kings in the inaugural season in 2008.
Tom Moody is the lone Australian on the panel. He was coach of Kings XI Punjab from 2008 to 2010. He was part of two World Cup winning teams and also coached Sri Lanka between 2005 and 2007.
Another World Cup winner who will be seated in the commentary box is Pakistan’s Rameez Raja, who was part of Imran Khan’s victorious team in 1992, whilst former Zimbabwean captain Alastair Campbell will be joined by his national team mate Pommi Mbangwa.
New Zealand speedsters Danny Morrison and Simon Doull, and batting ace Craig McMillan will join the panel from New Zealand, whilst Dermot Reeve, assistant coach to Pune Warriors India in 2011, will be coming from England.
India will have the largest representation of commentators and will feature the renowned Sunil Gavaskar, who is better known as test cricket’s first ‘five-figure’ man, who also carries the credibility of being the most experienced of all commentators in the tournament.
The commentary panel will boast the ‘spin twins’ Ravi Shastri and L. Sivaramakrishnan who will be joined by ‘Mr. Technique’ Sanjay Manjrekar, and the popular Harsha Bhogle.
IPL Chairman, Rajeev Shukla, commented: “One of the many highlights of the DLF IPL is the manner in which the skills of the cricketers on the field are complemented by those of the experts sitting in the commentary box. There is no doubt that the commentary team for this year’s tournament will enhance the viewing experience for television audiences across the globe.”