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On the move, almost forever...
Sanjjeev K Samyal, Hindustan Times
Colombo, September 16, 2012
First Published: 23:32 IST(16/9/2012)
Last Updated: 23:35 IST(16/9/2012)
Dirk Nannes break the stumps during CLT20 final match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

The tough aspect of being part of the modern-day sports circuit is the travelling involved. The sportsmen are always on the road, and it gets really exhausting when they have to cover long distances. Just ask Aussie bowler Dirk Nannes.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore player is part of the BBC commentary team for the World T20 and was on a seemingly never-ending trip from London to Hambantota at the weekend.

He looked wasted when he arrived at the Mumbai airport. And he was only half-way through. In comparison, those on assignment with the India team are considering themselves lucky as the team is based in Colombo for the entire campaign.

This correspondent was looking at a two-and-half hour flight into Colombo from Mumbai. For Nannes, after the 8-hour London-Mumbai and the Mumbai-Colombo flights, he had a road trip close to six hours lined up immediately on landing.

"Yeah, it's been a long flight," Nannes sighed, listening to music and trying to keep his mood up on the flight. For the rest of his journey, he kept providing updates on Twitter. "Halfway to Hambantota and we've stopped for some serenity + coconuts. Covered 130km in almost 3 hours. 130kms to go," he tweeted, followed by "2 near death experiences down, possibly a few more to come!"

At most venues other than Colombo and Galle, the stadiums are built outside city limits. It mustn't have helped Nannes' mood to know that his job at Hambantota might involve a one-way road trip of more than an hour from his hotel to the stadium.

The Netherlands-born player said he knew what to expect having been here before. "I stay there for a week and then I will be in Colombo," he said, already looking forward to the end of the week. On wonders what will be the travel schedule for Kevin Pietersen, when he lands for his commentary stint.


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t20 fixtures

Match Date Time Teams
1st 19/09/2012 10:00 GMT | 15:30 IST AUS vs IRE
2nd 19/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST AFG vs IND
3rd 20/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST SA vs ZIM
4th 21/09/2012 10:00 GMT | 15:30 IST NZ vs BAN
5th 21/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST AFG vs ENG

t20 standings

Team MP MW ML MT NR NRR Pts
Chennai Super Kings 4 2 2 0 0 -0.049 8
Sri Lanka 3 3 0 0 0 +0.998 6
Kolkata Knight Riders 4 1 2 0 1 +0.488 6
Perth Scorchers 4 1 2 0 1 -0.474 6
Auckland Aces 4 1 2 0 1 -0.963 6
Australia 3 2 1 0 0 +0.464 4
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