IPL coaching is challenging job: Shippard

April 8th, 2008 - 10:51 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) Delhi Daredevils coach Greg Shippard believes the coaches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) teams have a difficult and challenging job at hand. “The teams have players from different backgrounds. There are local players as well as international stars along with youngsters. They will have to gel as a team in this short period and that will be a challenging task for any coach,” said Shippard.

“IPL is a new concept. The players will have to bond together, develop a team relationship and play as a unit,” he added.

Shippard, who is the successful coach of the Australian state team Victoria, said Twnety20 cricket is getting huge popularity and is a very energetic and entertaining format of the game.

“It is very popular format in Australia. Crowds have swelled in T20 matches unlike in other domestic competition. T20 is very demanding physically and mentally for the players,” he said.

“We have got a good team and we are hopeful about our chances in the tournament. In the next few days we will assess the skills of the players and prepare them for the tournament,” he added.

Cricket director of Daredevils T.A. Sekar said the six fast bowlers whom they have picked in the side will be up for the task at hand.

“Mohd Asif and Glenn McGrath have the experience. Then we have Farveez Mahroof, young Pradeep Sangwan and Yo Mahesh. With Daniel Vettori in the side, we have variety in our attack.”

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