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Indian Premier League
Member Name: PBlunts
Indian Premier League
Advantages: Fits into an evening perfectly!
Disadvantages: Not enough technique and strategy needed!
The first Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament was last year and we are quickly approaching the start of the second season which is due to start early next month.
There is much controversy which has surrounded this tournament since its conception and the latest one which has got everyone in a frenzy is that due to security reasons this year's tournament will not be played in India and as of today(23/3/09) they are still unsure as to where it will be played although countries like England, New Zealand and Canada are amongst the hot favourites.
Although I am not Twenty20 number one fan I would love to see this tournament in the UK and am looking forward to watching this year's tournament regardless of where it will be played! In some ways I think they should change the country every year so more of us get a chance to watch the great cricket!
The reason I am not Twnety2o's biggest fan is because I like many other cricket fans think a cricket match should last a minimum of 50 overs as 20 overs is just too short to play any sort of real strategy cricket and its more hit and hope!! In my opinion I think the one day internationals and test matches have more prestige than the Twenty20 game. However even though I am not its number one fan I do see its benefits as its format can fit nicely into an evening's viewing rather than having to take a whole day of work (or week for a test match!) and its good for those short attention span kiddies! Since the last tournament I have to sat I have become a supporter of this format and at the end of the day anything which brings a bit of attention to cricket it a plus in my opinion!
There have been other complaints about this league such as taking the players away from their international duties but last year's IPL tournament was extremely exciting to watch and it was this tournament rather than the World Cup which drew me into being a Twnety20 advocate. The tournament has a lot of fans especially in South East Asia. There are loads of fantastic cricketers (who all get paid well!) who play in this tournament and they all played extremely well last year especially the likes of Sachin Tendulakar and Rahul Dravid.
In the tournament there are eight teams Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Hyderabad Deccan Chargers, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders and the Rajasthan Royals who all play each other twice than the top four scoring teams play off in a semi final and final. They are also looking to have more teams in years to come.
Last year's tournament was won by the Rajasthan Royals (part owned by Celeb Big Bro star Shilpa Shetty!!) who beat the Chennai Super Kings in the final at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai even though at the start of the competition they were thought of as the least likely to win because they di not purchase one of the "Icon Players", looks like they did well not waste their money. This was a great match which was a great ending to a superb tournament!
I loved watching last year's tournament and can't wait to watch this years! As well as great exciting cricket there are also always loads of great celebs that come out to watch and support (I especially love the Bollywood Babes!).
Let's hope they sort out a location soon so we can get on with the cricket!
Summary: Mumbai Indians will be 2009's winner!
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