The eight franchises of the Indian Premier League are busy planning and formulating for the auction which will be held on 20th February in Bengaluru. But the chairman of the IPL, Rajiv Shukla is set to miss the auctions as he is involved in the election duty in Uttar Pradesh.
Shukla said, "I am unfortunately going to miss the auctions. I am currently busy with election work in Lucknow, but I would like to wish all the franchise going into the auction. It will obviously be a big day and I wish them all the best."
The English players like Ben Stokes, Alex Hales and Tymal Mills will be looking forward to be a part of the League. BCCI official stated that it will be exciting to have the best English players join the League. It will also be interesting to see if the franchises will invest big in the auction with the mega auction coming up next year.
New Zealand Women’s team won against the Australian Woman’s team in the 2nd T20 match held at Simonds stadium, Victoria. New Zealand set a minimal score of 101 on the board as the Australian bowler Molly Strano emerged as the best bowler courtesy of a 5-wicket haul with an economy of 2.5. But due to the rain, the DL method reduced the score to 69 and the game reduced to 13 overs.
But despite all the advantages, Australia still failed to register their second win in the series. The hero for New Zealand team came in the form of Anna Peterson who picked up a hat-trick in the final over by conceding only two runs. Anna became the sixth player to pick up a hat-trick in the history of women's T20Is and the first New Zealand bowler to do so.
Strano’s five wicket-haul and the DL method advantage went in vain as New Zealand won by 8 runs and levelled the 3 match T20 series.