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IPL can help India, Aus players forget recent bitterness

Australia's Tom Moody feels playing under one banner as a team in the IPL would help the Indian and Australian cricketers forget their bitter memories of past and bring them together.

cricket Updated: Feb 20, 2008 16:31 IST

Australia's Tom Moody feels playing under one banner as a team in the Indian Premier League would help the Indian and Australian cricketers forget their bitter memories of past and bring them together.

"When you are playing in opposing sides in any sport things can get heated, and cricket is no different. But when players get together in a team, cricket tends to take control of all egos and all past discrepancies," said Moody, the coach of Preity Zinta's Mohali team in the Twenty20 tournament.

"That is an exciting prospect for cricket - and it is amazing how the game brings people together," Moody said.

His compatriot and former Australian coach John Buchanan, who is set to associate himself with the Kolkata franchise, was also excited at an opportunity to blend different cultures into one team.

"What will be interesting is that you will have Australian players, Indian players, New Zealand players, Sri Lankan players, Pakistani players ... And they could all end up in the one franchise.

"That will make for an interesting cultural exchange no doubt ... And that will be one of the exciting parts, bringing together cultural differences in a very short period of time," Buchanan was quoted as saying by 'The Australian'.

Buchanan urged the International Cricket Council to manage the scheduling of the T20 league in such a way that it does not affect Test cricket.

"It has the potential to revolutionise the game, at least in the way of delivery and to take it globally. "I think that (the scheduling window) is what will happen in the next 12 months, and it does have the potential to be damaging either way if it is not worked out properly," Buchanan said.