The first of the last five ODI games India will play before the World Cup is on today. Elsewhere, the ICC has deferred its verdict on the match-fixing trial now on in Dubai till February 5, and Mohammad Amir’s lawyer says the governing body should take more time — lots more time — before rendering its verdict. The hunt for players to fill up team quotas continues, and continues to throw up the occasional laugh-track — vide this story of Rajasthan Royals picking up some players from its catchment area, among them the “uncapped” Aakash Chopra. Seriously, who dreamt up these rules? Players who went to Zimbabwe by default, because the seniors didn’t go, are capped and hence able to mint millions in open auction, players who have played for the country and for their state for decades with distinction are “uncapped”… I want a lifetime supply of whatever those guys were smoking when they came up with this.
All that said, there is really nothing new to say today. I’d thought of starting a series of posts, one per IPL team, looking at the composition, strengths and weaknesses, but on second thoughts I’d rather do that after all the squads are in place. So, for now, some reading matter: @cornerd, always an interesting voice on Twitter, analyzes the IPL; from another perspective, so does Mint.
That’s your cue — post links, thoughts, whatever. Will get back here late evening to trawl through your posts.