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i am not sure if i will watch each adn every game of IPL or any win or loss will have any effect on me... BUT... entry of pvt partners in the dealing of cricket is a good thing IMO... till now cricket was run at the whims and fancy of BCCI...BCCI will still control the game... but with entry of 8 " business" minded people...in the game of cricket...i can see few things being challenged and improved.. at least 8 stadiums of India should now have world class facilities...as IPL owners will make sure that the people who come to watch their matches will be treated properly...as its the same people who will amke the fan base for those IPL teams.. state associations will have to spend more and more funds on infrastructure developments..resulting in more facilities for even state level players..and for spectators as well.. new marketing strategies..will pave ways for BCCI to act on those to cash in National Test and ODIs teams.. in future if IPL teams get to field their ODI teams and Test teams...domestic tournaments..then it will bring a revolution in the domestic scenario of indian cricket... This is one idea which came in my mind today...what if we have pvt teams competing with state ranji teams..more and more talents will come up...the area of catchment will reach to villages and mohallas..of every part of india... i think this will be great if we could achieve it...

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There are many more advantages we will get from IPL: 1. Cricketers world wide will earn money irrespective of nationality: People complained that BCCI was getting richer and other boards and players were suffering. Now BCCI has opened the gates for everyone. If you have it in you, you can earn money....does not matter where you come from. 2. Umpiring errors: In IPL, a serious umpiring decision will mean direct business loss. They wont endure BS umpiring for long. They will eventually find out the best ways of officiating and will show the way to ICC. 3. No more double standards: No team will be given preference over another. They will again show a model organization to ICC. 4. Sledging will be reduced: Though I am sure that IPL would love controversies, I think they will try to bar use of bad language and abusing on field. IPL will make most of its money from television telecast and they will not allow anything that a middle class house hold wont approve. 5. Alternative employment for players: Most of us change our jobs when we dont like our employers. What will the players do? So, if a Pakistani player falls out with PCB, now he has an option of changing job.

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I think the biggest plus would be the improved camaraderie of the players. There has been a lot of filth going on in the last 2-3 years and the IPL is one forum to put all things behind and make the players understand each other better Also through this, i think a lot of valuable knowledge is going to be passed along.Lee giving tips to young sreesanth or sachin taking up a newcomer under his wings. Either ways, i think this is great opportunity

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How the IPL will be really good for cricket In the 1970's cricket became stale and boring to watch. Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket breathed new life into a struggling game and took it back to th people. Cricket in the 2000's has become really boring, the dominance of Australia at international level has made cricket a pointless exercise. I really do believe in its current form cricket is not going to survive. Enter the IPL - This competition has three major reasons why it will succeed in making cricket interesting again. 1. The game has been shortened to 20 overs to make it easier to market, package and watch. The whole game is finished in under three hours and distilled to the most entertaning past of the game - free scoring, big hitting cricket. 2. A whole new set of franchises based on Indian cities (so there will be local support). But being new and financially rather than geographically specific means that any franchaise can get any player from around the world - this means the splitting up of the all conquering Australian team and the prospet of seeing those great players playing against each other. 3. Money. The Indian Premier League is backed by alot of cash. It is a symbol of India's new power in the world that they can be the one to shake up this old colonial game and make it into the high profile well marketed game that it needs to be For all your best coverage on the IPL please visit my new IPL site http://www.cricketnut.com remember that site again www.cricketnut.com Look forward to your comments and feedback.

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Thank you IPL Much hoopla has been made about the IPL being all about the money and BCCI babus minting the greenback like there was no tomorrow. But, intentionally or to veil their ulterior motives, they have an excellent rule in allowing just 4 international players in the playing 11. This allows our youngsters to gain some real valuable experience. I will give IPL the kudos for having set aside a prize for the best U-19 player too. Good job! :hatsoff: Of course, "mingling" with internationals is not new. We have domestic cricket where players from the national team take part, and the county circuit. But, the difference here is they are not twiddling their thumbs with great players somewhere in a county no one in subcontinent has heard about or cares about. They are playing in front of a home crowd, with their family watching in a widely televised and hyped competition. This brings the immensely valuable experience of big game atmosphere that you would not get anywhere but the international matches. The fact that it is only 40 overs allows the international players to play with the same passion they would reserve for representing their country (although being professionals, they are expected to do that). A very good example is the intensity in the field shown by Mike Hussey. He has my total respect. Hats off! We have already seen some exciting new talent, and they are already sharing the dressing room with some of the big boys from the national team. :isalute: These youngsters now learn a whole new dimension of playing cricket. The pressures of international cricket can easily crumble a tyro, but now he is having the best possible learning experience by watching players he'd have idolised deal with the pressure and work out ways to win. That, for me, is the ultimate that money can buy. Only here, they (Indian youngsters) are getting paid for it. :two_thumbs_up: IPL :icflove:

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Bigger, better IPL next year: Boof HAVING rediscovered his love for the game, Darren Lehmann believes the Indian Premier League should be embraced as a "boutique" tournament - open to all international players. More... Bigger, better next year: Boof By Richard Earle May 01, 2008 HAVING rediscovered his love for the game, Darren Lehmann believes the Indian Premier League should be embraced as a "boutique" tournament - open to all international players. Lehmann, 38, came out of retirement as cover for South Africa captain Graeme Smith in the opening two IPL games for Shane Warne's Rajasthan Royals. Australian Cricketers' Association president Lehmann believes the second IPL season next April and May will "bigger and better" than the first. "They have another 12 months to get it right and there will be even greater interest," Lehmann said. Former South Australia and Yorkshire skipper Lehmann supports the expansion of the international quota from four to five per starting IPL XI. "They could add another overseas player to rosters and open up the window for all international team including England to play," said Lehmann. "We need the best possible outcome so this can happen. I feel a bit sorry for the English boys but think we can work around it to help get things across the line. "The IPL should be played as a boutique tournament for international players." The frenetic IPL atmosphere, and the chance to work with young Indian players, has heightened Lehmann's ambition to coach. "I am really looking forward to getting into the coaching side of things now," said Lehmann, tipped to take a role at Yorkshire in the near-future. "The Royals were keen for me to stay on but I had attend to some things at home. It may happen next IPL season." Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has questioned the long-term feasibility of the IPL and its impact on the game. "It's nice to pay the players well and get big money from television rights and sponsorships, but ultimately you've got to provide a return for the owners or in this case the franchises," Sutherland said. "As I understand it, the franchisees are starting to ask questions already." However, Board of Control for Cricket in India powerbroker and Rajasthan Cricket Association president Lalit Modi has told Lehmann that the owners were happy with the inaugural version of the IPL. "I have had good discussions with Lalit Modi and they can't believe the success of the IPL," Lehmann said. "It is out-rating all the big TV shows." Lehmann understands Sutherland's wish that revenue flowing from the IPL boom should benefit cricket at the grass-roots level. "It's a delicate situation," he said. "We have to make sure we enhance and improve the game."

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Four thumbs up to IPL : Peter Roebuck Although still in its infancy, and therefore capable of experiencing a troubled adolescence and disappointing adulthood, the IPL has so far surpassed expectations. Reports indicate that India has been in a ferment and sometimes even a frenzy. Of course, there is nothing unusual about that. Taken as a whole, cricket followers in the region are not inclined to sit in an armchair smoking a pipe before offering an opinion about the selectors, Greg Chappell, Shoaib Akhtar, or whoever else is currently tickling their ivories.. More... Four thumbs up The IPL has showcased a high standard of cricket, emphasised sportsmanship, fostered camaraderie, and treated spectators right. More power to it. May 1, 2008 339266.jpgThe Australians, Michael Hussey among them, have led the way with fine performances in the IPL (file photo) © Getty Images Although still in its infancy, and therefore capable of experiencing a troubled adolescence and disappointing adulthood, the IPL has so far surpassed expectations. Reports indicate that India has been in a ferment and sometimes even a frenzy. Of course, there is nothing unusual about that. Taken as a whole, cricket followers in the region are not inclined to sit in an armchair smoking a pipe before offering an opinion about the selectors, Greg Chappell, Shoaib Akhtar, or whoever else is currently tickling their ivories. To the contrary, the customary modus operandi is to act upon the thought with an alacrity calculated to please Mrs Macbeth and shame Hamlet. That India is agog is not altogether surprising, for the IPL has been an Indian enterprise driven by Indian money and staged on Indian soil. Presumably the players have been feeding upon dosas. Apart from Sachin Tendulkar, whose untimely injury has robbed his team of its lustre and its leadership (alas, his replacement has again betrayed a lack of restraint and manners), Indian cricket and the country itself have been seen in all their glory. The IPL has been a splendid advertisement for the nation. Altogether more significant, though, has been the response overseas. Cricket folk around the world have been closely following the unfolding drama. Never mind that winter sports have taken hold in Australia and South Africa, the IPL games have held their own. Never mind that its soccer teams have been dominating the European stage and that no Englishmen have been playing in the IPL so far, England has also become involved Even stuffed shirts have grudgingly admitted that the tournament has so far been a success. These stiff collars tend to take cricket a little too seriously. It is worth remembering that an IPL match lasts as long as an opera (except those written by the more Germanic composers) or a Shakespearean play (unless staged by a Norwegian director). First and foremost, these works of art offered a good night out. They existed in theatres and on stages and only later on paper. Otherwise they were dead in the water. The Swan of Avon did not hesitate to include Fools and songs in his tragedies, nor did he scorn farces. Audiences can forgive anything except tedium. Afterwards the masterpieces were identified and their virtues extolled and examined. In short, cricket ought not to be shy of providing brief entertainment to the population at large. In some opinions the IPL has laid it on a bit thick, but then, traditionalists are not forced to attend. Suggestions that the game will be permanently damaged by these exuberances are also unduly pessimistic. The trouble with traditionalists is that they present themselves as protectors of the game's values but are actually doomed romantics. They lament the present state of affairs yet resist innovation. Casting themselves as heavyweight, they reject the slap-happy, mistaking it for the slapdash. But it is a mistake to overestimate the past. It was not such a fine place. Nor is it possible to pin cricket into a book, like a dead butterfly. That the game is in poor health and could hardly sink much further could be argued with equal force. All the more reason to break the chains, to let the game try its luck in a different format. Doubtless there will be a price to pay, but is there so much to lose? Take a closer look at the situation. Supposedly, ten nations play the game to a high standard. Among them, West Indian cricket is in freefall, Zimbabwe reels under appalling governance, South Africa is trying to recover from the past without destroying the future, Pakistan is beset by political complications, Bangladesh is fighting to escape from the poverty trap, and New Zealand thinks mostly about rugby. Oh yes, and India has not produced a high-class batsman for a decade. The IPL will bring untold wealth. The next step will be to invest it wisely. There is much to be said on the IPL's behalf. Certainly, the standard and sincerity of the contests has been a pleasant surprise. Some coruscating innings have been played, mostly by Australians, a bunch happy to adapt and determined to conquer. Andrew Symonds, Adam Gilchrist, Michael Hussey and Matthew Hayden were among the first to reach three figures. It is no small thing to score a hundred in an innings lasting 120 balls, half of them faced by partners. Admittedly the boundaries are shorter and the balls damp with dew, but the bowlers are hardly lobbing them up. Also, fortunes have changed in a minute. In the space of a few balls the most cheerful bowler can come to resemble a chef whose favourite dish has been burnt by an underling. Mind you, the champions have overcome. A certain retired 38-year-old from Narromine has been economical, and a blond bombshell from Victoria has been taking wickets and coaxing victories. The IPL has also impressed in three other important areas. Far from insulting spectators, a common enough practice around the world (it might be cramped seats or dirty rest areas or pricey refreshments), it has treated them with respect. By all accounts crowds have been entertained and informed. Doubtless a few glitches have occurred, but they are to be expected in the early days of any adventure. Certainly, the grounds have been heaving and everyone has seemed to enjoy themselves. Nor have home crowds failed to support the local lads, albeit that few of them were born in the neighbourhood. The trouble with traditionalists is that they present themselves as protectors of the game's values but are actually doomed romantics. Casting themselves as heavyweight, they reject the slap-happy, mistaking it for the slapdash. But it is a mistake to overestimate the past. It was not such a fine place The IPL has also placed an emphasis on sportsmanship. At the opening ceremony the captains signed a document promising to abide by a collective code of conduct. Has that happened before? From a distance it appears that the matches have been played in excellent spirit. All the more reason to condemn Harbhajan Singh's latest boorish outburst. It is high time India took him and Sreesanth in hand. Harbhajan, especially, has found a cheap route to heroism. It is not appropriate for a 27-year-old to act like a petulant child. Nor is it sensible for local supporters to cheer him merely because he defies the Australians. People think I have been soft on Harbhajan. The point has been absorbed. It is time he was isolated and confronted. The IPL's other great legacy will be the way it enhances the fellowship of man. Most previous attempts to bring together players from all nations have been unsatisfactory and fleeting. This is different. Now players from different countries, some of them supposedly bitter rivals, some of them with axes to grind, must work together in common cause, discussing tactics, forming partnerships, sharing rooms, socialising and so forth. And it has worked. In a recent column Kumar Sangakkara wrote about playing alongside Brett Lee, recently a fierce opponent, and against Murali. Apparently Shane Warne and Graeme Smith have been knocking around together. Far from hurting the integrity of the game, the IPL may advance it. Maybe the sledging will soften and passions will be more easily cooled. Perhaps the very word will be replaced by "chirping", the South African version, a name indicating an altogether lighter touch. Always there will be borderlines but the players will know each other much better and that will take away the nastier edges. The IPL has captured the imagination. Interest may decline a little as the Australians report for duty in the Caribbean and so forth. But it is here to stay and the ICC must find a regular place for it in the fixture list. April need not be the cruellest month. To the contrary, it should be given over to this vibrant form of a mostly serious game. Peter Roebuck is a former captain of Somerset and the author, most recently, of In It to Win It

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I completely agree with Roebuck. People should come out of traditional mindset and recognize all forms of cricket offer its own value. Any form of cricket is good in my opinion. People that play in the backyard and on the streets also take their cricket passionately and seriously. If you ask the traditionalists any form of cricket other than test cricket will have to be abolished.

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Sledging will be reduced: Though I am sure that IPL would love controversies, I think they will try to bar use of bad language and abusing on field. IPL will make most of its money from television telecast and they will not allow anything that a middle class house hold wont approve.
Yaa tell bhajji and Sree that. You know what was the first skill Warne taught his young troops... the art that is sledging
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I think Yusuf Pathan>Shikhar Dhawan>Badrinath>R. Jadeja>Manpreet Goni>V. Kohli>P. Amarnath are the few positives as future aspects of Indian Cricket. Also, on the lighter side it proved that in 1 out of 5 games Kaifu and Wasim Jaffar can bat and in 1 out of 10 games SG, RD and VVS can also bat.

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I think Yusuf Pathan>Shikhar Dhawan>Badrinath>R. Jadeja>Manpreet Goni>V. Kohli>P. Amarnath are the few positives as future aspects of Indian Cricket. Also, on the lighter side it proved that in 1 out of 5 games Kaifu and Wasim Jaffar can bat and in 1 out of 10 games SG, RD and VVS can also bat.
:omg::omg::omg: I dont get it...
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I think its a two way street. The foreign players will have gained valuable experience in playing in Indian conditions. So far, its only the domestic Australian players who have been signed more than any other country. So these players will have experienced the crowds and pitches of India. This will further improve the Aussie cricketer in the future I reckon

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