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Big crowds will be missed: Vettori

cricket Updated: Mar 26, 2009 00:00 IST
Anand Vasu
Anand Vasu
Hindustan Times
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Delhi Daredevil Daniel Vettori reacted with mixed feelings to the decision to move the IPL out of India. "It's disappointing," said Vettori. "The guys love going there and touring. But at least there is a surety in where we are going, now that the tournament has moved to South Africa. Probably, the delay in the tournament is the best thing for us because otherwise, most of us would have hopped on the plane after the last day of the third Test, which can be tough for you. Now that it's concrete, everyone is settled and is pretty happy."

Asked if IPL-II would be diluted because it was not being held in cricket-crazy India, Vettori was guarded. "I am not too sure. That was one of the most exciting bits about the tournament --- the fact that you got a chance to play in front of 50 or 60,000 people who were tremendously excited about the game. We probably won't have those big crowds but still, the South African crowds can put a bit of a show. We are a little bit disappointed, but the most important thing is that the games are being played.

"South Africa is just coming off a lot of Test cricket and a series against Australia, but I guess the major pool of international cricketers was hugely successful during the T20 World Cup there in 2007. It's probably a bit late to be playing cricket in South Africa, but I still think the pool of those international players should make it just as good a tournament as it was in India."

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, for his part, chose to say nothing on the IPL shift. "It doesn't deserve an answer right now," Dhoni, captain of the Chennai Super Kings said, "because we are in the middle of a very important Test series, so I'd like to stick to that."