Thursday, December 8, 2022



Ricky Ponting unable to attend Delhi Capital’s IPL auction; Saba Karim to lead DC on the Auction Table



Delhi Capitals (DC) head coach Ricky Ponting will not be present in the IPL auction to be held in Bengaluru. Instead, former Indian cricketers Praveen Amre and Saba Karim will lead the team from Delhi at the auction table on Saturday.

Delhi Capitals, co-owned by GMR and JSW, has retained Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Anrich Nortje and Axar Patel with a budget of Rs 47.5 crore. However, the report said that Ponting will be present via phone.

Delhi Capitals also tried to reach out to Mohammad Kaif but there was no response from his side. The mockup session of the Delhi Capitals franchise was seen ahead of the actual auction to be held on February 12 and 13 this year.

Their mock auction by the Delhi Capitals franchise was showcased by Vinod Bisht, CEO of Delhi Capitals along with Kiran Kumar Gandhi, who is the CEO, MD and Director at GMR Infrastructure.

Their mock-up auction took place with GMR Group’s Kiran Kumar Gandhi in attendance along with Delhi Capitals CEO Vinod Bisht (interim CEO, Delhi Capitals) and JSW Sports CEO Mustafa Ghouss. Capitals Scouting and Recruitment Strategist Shyantnu Chokhani, Coach Praveen Amre and former India keeper Saba Karim were also present as the franchise officials discussed their plans for the mega auction.

Saba Karim, who heads the talent hunt for the Delhi Capitals team, said it is imperative to go into the IPL mega auction with complete clarity as to how the playing XI should be structured and what the “key elements” should be to be a successful side. Karim said that these four selected players are match winners and are the basis of the team and they need more match winners who can fill the vacant slots.

Did you know?

Saba Karim is one of those former Indian players who are counted as less fortunate players in the history of cricket? This is the reason that the right-handed batsman and wicketkeeper never got a chance to play international cricket but once he got this golden opportunity to play for West Indies in 1989 and play as a reserve wicketkeeper, he never in his worst dreams thought of what is going to happen with him.

In a major setback, Kumble’s delivery in the year 2000 saw the player as wicket-keeper Saba Karim, where the ball hit the player’s right eye and suffered permanently impaired vision. The setback effectively ended his cricketing career as Karim underwent eye surgery.

Today Saba Karim is the head of Talent search of one of the biggest franchise Delhi Capitals. Till date The Delhi Capitals team hasn’t won any IPL tournaments but will be looking forward to grab the opportunity with open hands this time.

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