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Warne fit and keen for IPL-2: Barthakur

cricket Updated: Apr 03, 2009 15:48 IST

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Despite his long break from active cricket, legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne is fit and keen to lead defending champions Rajasthan Royals again to victory podium in the second edition of IPL in South Africa, says Rajasthan Royals Vice Chairman Ranjit Barthakur.

Barthakur told media persons that the reigning champions Rajasthan Royals plan to cap their fairytale victory in the first edition with another title in the second edition of the Twenty20 tournament which has been shifted to South Africa.

“We were underdogs last year but scripted a fairytale victory under mercurial captainship of Shane Warne. He has been out of active cricket like he wasn’t in the first edition but is in good shape and has been declared medically fit for this edition of IPL,” said Barthakur.

Ranjit was hopeful that the second edition would be as popular as the inaugural edition of IPL in India.

“We have to wait till May 24 when this edition comes to an end. But my gut feeling is that it would also create same as that of IPL one. I don’t think that recession would have much bearing on IPL. It is like a future project. Contracts are long-term which leads to lesser challenges,” said Ranjit.

Regarding the plans for South Africa, Ranjit said the Royals would fly there in two batches and team would be there on April 7.