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South African all-rounder returns home to mourn close friend’s death
By IPL desk
Mumbai 18 April 2012
The already struggling Chennai Super Kings have been dealt a huge blow as their star South African all-rounder Albie Morkel has gone home. Morkel has left IPL 2012 midway in mourning of the death of his dear friend Louis Vorster and will miss CSK's next two matches at home, against Pune Warriors India and Rajasthan Royals
Vorster, a former Namibia and South African domestic player, was shot dead in an armed robbery. CSK coach Stephen Fleming announced to the media about Morkel’s departure.
“Just for your information, Albie Morkel has travelled back to South Africa first thing this morning after hearing of the death of a very close friend at Johannesburg overnight,” Fleming said. “He goes with our best wishes and sympathies.”
Upon being asked if and when Morkel will rejoin the team, Fleming said, “He will take further part in the IPL, but when that is, we are not sure. We at CSK, we extend our sympathies to Albie, and obviously, wish him and look forward to getting him back.”
Morkel has been a key member for the defending champions owing to his all-round skills. He played a crucial role in finishing the unlikely win for the home team when they were chasing a mammoth 206 against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at home.
Fleming admitted the team will miss him, but he also chose to look at the positive side of things. “Doug Bollinger has come after two months of not playing cricket. We put him under pressure to try and deliver in the first few games, which is a tough ask. So we took a decision to give him five-six days to get more bowling. And he’s been excellent this week. So Doug comes back into contention. And that’s maybe how we will make the swap with Albie,” the coach said.
IPL Owners' Matches to kick off on April 19 in Delhi
By IPL desk
Mumbai 18 April 2012
The first game of the Owners' Matches will be held in Delhi after the 4pm match between the Delhi Daredevils and the Deccan Chargers on April 19.
The Delhi team will be led by Chairman, GMR Sports Pvt Ltd Mr. Kiran Grandhi and the Deccan team will be led by DC co-owner Gayatri Reddy.
The series of Owners' Matches will be played throughout the tournament and will involve an invitational XI from the two playing franchises’ owners. Each squad will be made up of 15 players comprising well-known personalities from the city and team management. The squad may include support staff and one senior management member from each franchise’s principal sponsor. However, no member of the squad should have played professional cricket in the last 10 years.
The matches will be scored the same way as a normal IPL game, but they will be limited to 10 overs per team and there will be no fielding restrictions. No player can bowl more than two overs and batsmen must retire once they have scored 25 runs. However, they can return as their team’s last man. Match officials will be appointed by the IPL, and all matches will be played on the wicket that was used in the preceding 4pm match.