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Tensions still talk of the town

cricket Updated: Oct 23, 2008 23:52 IST
Anand Vasu
Anand Vasu
Hindustan Times
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Just who is Yousuf Abdullah, and who was that Amla who walked in with him? What is Graham Napier's claim to fame? And what is Charl Langeveldt doing in Delhi? If the world is shrinking into a global village then cricket is reflecting that. A group of cricketers who normally ply their trade in domestic cricket in different countries, came together in Delhi for the draw of the Champions League T20 tournament that will begin in India on December 3.

Along with the draw was the inaugural T20 awards, but as you would expect during a fiercely contested Test series between India and Australia, it wasn't always T20 that held the attention. Matthew Hayden, who presented an award, was buttonholed on the tensions that have underscored the recent India-Australia clashes.

“It's like two hungry dogs circling each other in a ring, if I may use the metaphor. There is bound to be some tension, and this is what the spectators like to watch and what we as players expect," said Hayden. "It's only likely that every now and then there is going to be some gnashing of teeth."

Dual loyalty

Mike Hussey, who has played all his cricket for Western Australia, finds himself in a bit of a spot. Western Australia have qualified for the CLT20 by being runners-up in their domestic T20 competition and his other team — the Chennai IPL team — has also made the cut. The CLT20 governing council has decided to leave the final decision of who a player will represent in the tournament to the player himself. However, they have offered non-IPL clubs a fee of $ 200,000 if they release players to play for IPL teams.

Further expansion

Lalit Modi is a big fan of expansion and it came as no surprise that one of the first things he announced was that the CLT20, currently played by eight teams from five countries over 15 matches will get bigger next season with 12 teams slugging it out over 23 games.