IPL overshadowing South Africa’s success: Wessels

April 9th, 2008 - 10:26 pm ICT by admin  

By Fakir Hassen
Johannesburg, April 9 (IANS) South Africa’s brilliant performance in India has been overshadowed by the hype surrounding the Indian Premier League (IPL) starting next week, said former South African captain Kepler Wessels. “The way India lost would normally have caused far more of an outcry than it has, but the IPL has distracted people from that,” Wessels said on telephone from Chennai Tuesday.

Wessels, who will be coaching the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, was speaking at a programme organised by broadcaster SuperSport. The broadcaster has acquired the rights to televise all 59 matches in the IPL series to sub-Saharan Africa and nearby islands.

Wessels said one of the reasons for the distracted performance of the Indian players could have been the promotional work that they have had to do for the IPL.

He also said it had been a bit of a battle recently to get all members of his team together for preparation for the IPL Twenty20 tournament.

Although the IPL had a huge public profile in India and has generated unprecedented interest, Wessels felt that the duration of the tournament in the latest short form of the game needed to be reduced to just one month.

“Test cricket will not be affected by the Twenty20 revolution, but one-day cricket could suffer from it,” he said.

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