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IPL has some spoilsports

IPL has some spoilsports

The initial hype on DLF Indian Premier League (IPL) may fizzle out soon. Many star players from various countries are scheduled to go back to their home country by the middle of the week, which is likely to dent the popularity of IPL.
With stint of top Australian cricketer such as Brett Lee, Andrew Symonds, Ricky Pointing already near expiration, IPL following may dip because people would not be able to see Aussies star playing with and against their Indian stars.
Australian star players are returning home as Australian cricket team is all set to go on a tour of the West Indies from May 1. The forthcoming Australian tour to the Caribbean would also mean that even the West Indies players are also set to go back home by the middle of this week. West Indies players such as Chris Gayle, S Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Bravo are some of the Caribbean star cricketers playing in Indian Premier League.
“If one analyses the performances so far, most of the good innings have come from Australian and New Zealand players, be it Mathew Hayden, Hussey brothers or McCullum. While, current Australian players would be out right away, the Kiwis and the Caribbeans would follow suit. This could lead to drop in popularity of IPL,” said Ramanujam Sridhar, chief executive, Brand-Comm, Mumbai-based advertising company. “The non-performance of iconic stars such as Saurav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid could also add to downfall in IPL rating.” However, experts also say that while some of star players are going, all time greats such McGrath, Gilchrist and Warne would still continue to play and these players are capable of drawing huge crowds both on ground and on television. In addition, replacement of outgoing Australian players would not hurt other star players such as Gibbs and Misbah-Ul-Haq and that would mean no dip in star attraction in IPL. Both Gibbs, Stephen Flemming and Misbah-Ul-Haq are yet to play a game in DLF IPL and have been warming the bench so far.

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