• Ahead of the sixth edition of the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) which will kick start on 1st of September in Bengaluru, we bring you each team’s cost, list of seven squads, preview, fixtures and much more.

    The KPL include seven franchises in the form of defending champions Bellary Tuskers followed by Hubli Tigers, Mysuru Warriors, Bengaluru Masters, Namma Shivamoga, Belagavi Panthers and Bijapur Bulls.

    The Extensive Preview:

    Bellary Tuskers defending champions 2016. Photo Credit: KPL/Google.

    Karnataka Cricket Association (KCA) have put all extraneous efforts to make this competition a success, and also give wings to aspiring cricketers as the idea came up way back in 2009. Growing stronger with each season, the domestic competition KPL has scaled new heights.

    The league has gained a significant popularity, and they are now aiming to expand the profits while not relying solely on the national cricket body Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

    The impending competition will witness overall 24 matches in over three-week cricket carnival in the southern state of India.

    Interestingly, the game has seen fresh faces during the KPL Players’ Auction to provide a significant platform for the youngsters to rise among the ranks.

    The seven teams will feature in 21 league stage matches before wrestling in the knockout games as the grand finale will take place on September 23 at Hubli Cricket Ground (HCG).

    Such mini-leagues have worked wonders for the players in recent past, as a rookie are eyeing to give their best and to impress the selectors for the first-class leg of Ranji Trophy before forcing themselves into the national squad following the remarkable performances throughout the years.

    The opening game of the 2017 KPL season will feature Belagavi Panthers and Hubli Tigers on Friday, September 1.

    A closer look at different squads, reveals that the teams are eager to give an all-round show and to beat each other on the points table.

    Each team is allowed a roster containing a maximum of 18 players.

    Many challenges are lying ahead for this edition. Photo Credit: KPL/Google.

    (Read Also: Mysuru Warriors Ropes in Two Players from the Talent Hunt for KPL 2017)

    The prospects of the Team India:

    After proving the mettle by being the part of the Indian contingent at an elite-level, promising batsmen KL Rahul and Manish Pandey are also participating in the tournament which would further boost the competition.

    At present, both the players are on the national duty in Sri Lanka and are expected to feature in couple of matches after returning from the Island.

    The representation of national players:

    The 25-year-old top-order batsman KL Rahul is starring for Bellary Tuskers, while 27-year-old Nainital-born Manish Pandey is a part of the KPL outfit Belagavi Panthers and all-rounder Stuart Binny is also making his appearance for the Panthers.

    Moreover, triple-centurion Karun Nair is also ready to swing the willow while being in the fold of Mysuru Warriors as the league would witness quality players from widely acclaimed professional league Indian Premier League (IPL) too.

    The IPL Connection:

    Rising to the occasion, the players from IPL include KC Cariappa, K Gowtham, Kishore Kamath and Shivil Kaushik who have had grabbed the headlines after fetching a good deal from the different outfits of the league which kicked-off in 2008.

    The Mechanism:

    Earlier, KSCA revealed they are looking forward to bring on the particular apparatus to take the league to a new high in the foreseeable future after it returned with a bang in 2014, owing to the revamping of the league which is further taking place under tight vigil and the Anti-Corruption Code set-up from the concerned authorities.

    The inclusion of Ranji players participating in the tournament would boost the morale of the budding talent, who are looking forward to showcasing their talent and eventually learn the niceties of the game in the 23-day competition.

    On the other side, the players would also learn how to absorb the pressure during the competition, in front of the jam-packed crowd which is a focal point in every cricketer’s career.

    Above is a coveted trophy of the 2017 KPL, season six. Photo: KPL

    Here’s the complete list of all seven teams:

    1. Belagavi Panther:

    K Shashindra, Manish Pandey, Sreenath Arvind, KN Bharath, Sunil Kumar Jain, S Rakshith, Krishnappa Gowtham, Satish Bharadwaj, Br Sharath, Shubhang Hedge, Nitin Bhille, Stuart Binny, Doddamani Anand, Kaunain Abbas, D Avinash, Darshan Machaiah and Stalin Hoover.

    1. Hubli Tigers:

    Vinay Kumar, Mayank Agarwal, Ishfaq Nasir Bhat, Abhishek Sahuja, Rohith Gowda, Abhishek Reddy, Prithvi Varadharajan, Aman Khan, Sharan Gowda, Swapnil Yelave, Anurag Bajpai, David Mathias, D Nischal, Melu Kranthi Kumar, Praveen Dubey and S Shivaraj.

    1. Bijapur Bulls:

    KC Cariappa, Abhimanyu Mithun HS Sharath, Prithiviraj Shakhawat, Rajat Hedge, Bharath Chipli, Lal Sachin, AM Kiran, ML Praveen Kumar, Rishabh Singh, Ronit More, S Prashanth, Mohammad Taha, GM Rishab, Ganeshwar Naveen, Dihanshu Negi, Raj Atula Gala and M Nidhish.

    1. Ballary Tuskers:

    KL Rahul, KB Pawan, Rohan Kadam, Zahoor Farooqi, L Narayan Saishiv, IG Anil, Abhinav Manohar, Bhavesh Ghulecha, Devdutt Padikkal, Prateek Jain, Syed Zeeshan Ali, Dinesh Borwankar, CM Gautam, Kunal Kapoor, Daivik Vishwanath, Amit Verma and Sagar Gowtham.

    1. Mysuru Warriors:

    Karun Nair, Shivil Kaushik, KL Shrijith, J Suchith, KC Avinash, Sunil Raju, Vyshak Vijayakumar, SL Akshay, Shreyas Gopal, NP Bhareth, Kushal Wadhwani, Arjun Hoysala, R Prateesh, Ram Sharik Yadav, Vikas Kumar Sinha, SP Manjunath and Nikith Sanganakal.

    1. Namma Shivamoga

    R Jonathan, T Pradeep, Sarfaraz Ashraf, Abdul Majid, Nihal Ullal, Abrar Kazi, Liyan Khan, Aditya Somanna, Balachandra Akhil, GS Chiranjeevi, Shoaib Manager, Mashooq Hussain, Lavish Kaushal, Vinu Prasad, Amney Shanbhag, Sakhsham Kaul, Anirduha Joshi and Sadiq Kirmani.

    1. Bengaluru Blasters:

    Shishir Bhavane, R Samarth, Sinan Abdul Khader, Pradish Krishna, Shivam Mishra, Nikin Jose, Manjesh Reddy. Abhishek Bhat. Srinivas Sharath, Jeswanth Acharya, Rohan Raju, M Vishwanathan, Raju Bhatkal, Miktrakanth Yadav, Varun Pandit. V Koshik, Pavan Deshpande and Pranav Bhatia.

    List of Seven-Team Prize:

    The KPL Auction was conducted on August 6, as the KSCA further fetched the staggering amount in the recent past owing to the sponsorship and advertisements.

    Belagavi Panthers – Cost INR 29.95 Lakh

    Hubli Tigers – Cost INR 29.5 Lakh

    Ballari Tuskers – Cost INR 29.2 Lakh

    Bijapur Bulls – Cost INR 29.7 Lakh

    Mysuru Warriors – Cost INR 29.75 Lakh

    Namma Shivamogga – Cost INR 29.1 Lakh

    Bengaluru Blasters – Cost INR 29.6 Lakh

    Here’s the complete list of the winners and runners-up since 2009:

    2009 Bangalore Provident thrashed Belgavi Panthers by five wickets at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.

    2010 – Mangalore United won the final convincingly by 44 runs after facing Bangalore Brigadiers at the same venue.

    In 2011, 2012 and 2013 the competition was skipped for the revamping process by the KSCA.

    2014 – Belgavi Panthers was beaten by Mysore Warriors by six wickets at D.R. Bendre Cricket Stadium (BCS) in Hubli.

    2015 – Bijapur Bulls claimed a one-sided affair by seven wickets while wrestling out against Hubli Tigers at the Gangothri Glades Cricket Ground (GGCG) in Mysuru.

    2016 – The defending champion Bellary Tuskers claimed a 35-run win over Hubli Tigers at D.R. Bendre Cricket Stadium (BCS) in Hubli.

    Here are the venues for the KPL competition:

    M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar Ground in Mysore and KSCA Hubli Cricket Ground in Hubli.

    The Tv Channell where all the 24 matches will be live:

    Star Network

    Live streaming to be on:

    HotStar

    You can access Match reports and stats on our digital platform in multiple languages:

    https://sportzwiki.com/ in English and https://hindi.sportzwiki.com/ in Hindi, as we also have the Bengali and Gujarati section available for our valuable and avid readers.

    Following the live scores at:

    https://livescore.sportzwiki.com/

    KPL Official Website:

    https://www.kpl.cricket/

    Here are the 2017 Karnataka Premier League fixtures:

    Friday – 01 September 2017:

    Hubli Tigers Vs. Belagavi Panthers

    The match starts at 7:00 PM.

     

    Saturday – 02 September 2017:

    Bengaluru Blasters Vs. Mysuru Warriors

    The game starts at 7:00 PM.

     

    Monday – 04 September 2017:

    Mysuru Warriors Vs. Bijapur Bulls

    The game starts at 7 PM.

     

    Tuesday – 5 September 2017:

    Namma Shivamogga Vs. Bellary Tuskers

    The match starts at 7:00 PM.

     

    Wednesday – 6 September 2017:

    Bengaluru Blasters Vs. Hubli Tigers

    The match starts at 3 PM.

     

    Thursday – 7 September 2017:

    Namma Shivamogga Vs. Bijapur Bulls

    The match starts at 7 PM.

     

    Friday – 8 September 2017:

    Belagavi Panthers Vs. Bengaluru Blasters

    The match starts at 3 PM.

    Hubli Tigers will take on Namma Shivamogga at 7 PM

     

    Saturday – 9 September 2017:

    Bellary Tuskers Vs. Bijapur Bulls

    Match starts at 3 PM

    Mysuru Warriors will face Belagavi Panthers in 7 PM game.

     

    Sunday – 10 September 2017:

    Bijapur Bulls Vs. Hubli Tigers, 11th Match at 3 PM

    Mysuru Warriors will wrestle it against Bellary Tuskers at 7 PM.

     

    Monday – 11 September 2017:

    Bengaluru Blasters Vs Namma Shivamogga

    The match starts at 7 PM.

     

    Tuesday – 12 September 2017:

    Belagavi Panthers Vs. Bellary Tuskers

    The match starts at 7 PM.

     

    Thursday – 14 September 2017:

    Hubli Tigers Vs. Mysuru Warriors

    The match starts at 7 PM.

    Friday – 15 September 2017:

    Bijapur Bulls Vs. Bengaluru Blasters

    The Match starts at 7 PM

     

    Saturday – 16 September:

    Belagavi Panthers Vs. Namma Shivamogga

    Match starts at 3 PM

    Bengaluru Blasters Vs. Bellary Tuskers

    Match starts at 7 PM

     

    Monday – 18 September 2017:

    Belagavi Panthers Vs. Bijapur Bulls

    The Event starts at 7 PM

     

    Tuesday – 19 September 2017:

    Namma Shivamogga Vs. Mysuru Warriors

    Match starts at 3 PM

    Hubli Tigers Vs. Bellary Tuskers

    Match starts at 7 PM

     

    List of Semi-Final Fixtures:

    Wednesday – 20 September 2017:

    1st Semi-final starts at 7 PM

    KSCA Hubli Cricket Ground in Hubli

     

    Friday – 22 September 2017:

    2nd Semi-final starts at 7 PM

    KSCA Hubli Cricket Ground in Hubli

     

    Saturday – 23 September 2017:

    Grand Finale starts at 7:00 PM

    Scheduled at KSCA Hubli Cricket Ground in Hubli

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    Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor

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