'IPL will be affected by expulsion of top teams'

Published: Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 11:31 [IST]
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'Dropping of top clubs will affect IPL'

The Deccan Chargers skipper and former Aussie opener Adam Gilchrist stated that the removal of the top teams including Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab from IPL will affect the brand value of the T20 league.

"It does have an impact on the IPL. The brand and overall competition in general. No doubt it came as a surprise. I hope there is still scope for discussion between the franchisees and the BCCI. Hopefully they will stay in the competition," Gilchrist expressed.

"There is a need to maintain value and integrity which has so far been so successful for the venture. There have been some negatives. If people sit down there's an opportunity for everyone - business, players and spectators - as long as none of them get greedy," he said.

"Hopefully, there is still a way for a compromise," he added.

The Deccan Charges skipper stated that such a move by the Cricket Board will certainly create a feeling of insecurity among the other franchisee in the IPL league.

"There will be a ripple effect. I read with interest, comments of few others franchisee owners regarding this issue", Gilly said.

It does create a feeling of insecurity. It just needs to be well managed, well administered. There is an interest on what exactly happened," he added.

The franchisee Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab were axed by the BCCI on Sunday, while the newly formed team Kochi was given with a dead line of 10 days to resolve any kind of internal disputes between its owners.

On the latest achievements of the Little Master, Sachin Tendulkar he said that its been really outstanding for some one to have been able to perform consistently for such a long period of time. Applauding the efforts of the genius he expressed that Sachin might be tempted to play for some more years in pursuit of that maiden triple century.

"His hunger is amazing. He has continued to play and play at the highest level. The quality of a champion is longevity and he has done it in a cricket crazy nation. Who knows what's left for him to achieve? Chasing that elusive 300 may keep him going for a few more years," he said.

The Australian also praised Sachin to have adapted to the shortest format of the game very effectively , "He has shown the ability to evolve and change his game through the years,"

Recalling one of the marvelous knocks of the maestro against Australia during the Sydney Test in 2003-04 where he scored an unbeaten 241, Gilly stated how he poised his innings beautifully with restraining himself from playing the cover drive that proved to be the cause of his demise in the earlier occasions during the series.

"In Sydney, after getting out to a few nicks earlier in the series, he chose not to play the cover-drive. We saw very few cover-drives in that series. I think he allowed himself to play that shot only after crossing hundred. That's just phenomenal," he said.

Questioned regarding the biggest threats against Australia, two names that instantly came from him were Sachin and VVS laxman.

"Few more names should be included. Virender (Sehwag) has done damage on a few occasions. Surprised Rahul's (Dravid) name didn't crop up Any player in the core batting order has damaged us." the former Australian added.

Words of praise also came from Gilly for the ability of Laxman to play match winning knocks specially against the Aussies.

"Laxman's standout feature is that he has won Test matches (for his team) against us. Whenever, there is a match to be won, he has gone out and won that even from losing positions. He is the silent player of the group," Gilchrist said.


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