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Team composition will be the key: Charu Sharma

cricket Updated: Feb 20, 2008 09:56 IST
G. Krishnan
G. Krishnan
Hindustan Times
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Charu Sharma, the CEO-designate of the Bangalore IPL team, said here on Tuesday, the eve of the players' auction that nothing more was important than the team composition.

While Delhi and Chennai have already named their teams as Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super Kings respectively, the Bangalore team is not in any such hurry.

"We have got a fair amount of work to be done in getting the team in place first," Sharma told HT here. "There has to be some kind of strategy involved. Nothing is more important than the team composition. We have left it (naming of the team) until after the auction. Everything will fall in place gradually after the auction."

Sharma will represent the Bangalore Franchise in the Auction Room on Wednesday.

IPL and ICC should go together

Former International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee and England captain, Raman Subba Row said that the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the ICC should go in the same direction.

Asked about his views on the IPL, the 76-year-old related it with the Kerry Packer Series in its nascent stage. He told HT here on Tuesday: "When Kerry Packer started his series in 1977, we (Doug Insole, the then chairman of Test and County Cricket Club, as the ECB was known then, and himself) were reluctant to meet him. But when we met him, we found out that he never wanted to take over cricket.

"The Australian Cricket Board (as Cricket Australia was known then) and the world governing body, the International Cricket Conference (as ICC was then known) did not like the idea of us meeting Packer. After four tough months when we were being looked at as traitors, ICC jumped into the bed with the Packer series."

Row, an admirer of the traditional form of cricket, said: "I don't know how IPL will come out but you cannot have cricket in bits and pieces. It has to go in one direction along with the ICC."