'SA fans will connect with IPL due to its global appeal'
South African skipper Graeme Smith says global appeal of the Indian Premier League will help cricket fans from his country to connect with the city-based teams.cricket Updated: Mar 25, 2009 12:26 IST
South African skipper Graeme Smith says global appeal of the Indian Premier League will help cricket fans from his country to connect with the city-based teams. "I was in India last year and I saw how the tournament captured the people's imagination. They loved watching players who were traditional rivals play alongside each other.When I returned,I was amazed to see how many South Africans had watched the tournament on television and made associations with the respective teams," he said.
"The tournament will also bring along its unique Indian sub-culture which will be a great experience for our fans," he added.
Smith, a part of the first edition champions Rajasthan Royals, also said that the conduct of the cash-rich T20 tournament in South Africa will prove beneficial for the game in his country.
"It's another opportunity for our country to showcase its beauty. A way for more feet to move through our doors. It will also be a huge financial boost to the provincial unions who keep the game going. It is fantastic for the game in our country and I'm sure it will be a huge success," Smith told the Cape Times.