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Indian Premier League starts

The long awaited Indian Premier League will start tonight Melbourne time and I am keen to see how this Twenty20 cricket competition will go.

There has been so much coverage in the media over how much players are going to earn through their participation but I think its good to see players from different countries playing in different teams more or less like what happens in football.

In Australia Channel Ten has got the rights to the IPL coverage but a quick look at the TV guide shows me that the matches will be shown very late at night or in the early hours of the morning. It will be very hard for me to watch these matches especially during the weekdays.

There are number of Australian players playing the league with Ricky Ponting and David Hussey playing for Kolkata Knight Riders and also John Buchanan is the coach there.

Andrew Symonds and Adam Gilchrist will play for Deccan Chargers and I think that makes that team very strong already because these two players can hit runs very quickly and this is what is needed in Twenty20.

Another team of interest could be Jaipur based Rajasthan Royals where the two Shanes Warne and Watson will be playing.

It would be good if this league could be accommodated within the ICC calendar so that it doesn't disturb tours by national teams.

Already India cancelled its tour of Zimbabwe where they were scheduled to play some one-day internationals in June and this has been re-scheduled for some later time.

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