IPL reason for Australia's woes

Published: Monday, January 5, 2009, 10:57 [IST]
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IPL reason for Aussie decline

Sydney: Cricket pundits in Australia are struggling to find reasons for the recent debacle of its cricket team.

A leading newspaper here said top players suffered from slump after playing in the inaugural Indian Premier League and associating with the lucrative IPL was a “pact with the devil".

Sydney Morning Herald wrote it could be coincidence but Australian cricketers who played in the IPL in April-May last year were either “injured, worn out or found themselves distracted by intoxications of India".

It then said those who were not lured by IPL money like Michael Clarke and Mitchell Johnson have been the “saviour" of the team, which is in the danger of losing the world champion tag. “Whatever the cause, Australian cricketers, at Test and first-class levels, have struggled since their return from last year's inaugural Twenty20 tournament on the subcontinent. Could it be cricket's version of the pact with the devil

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