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Tepid interest in IPL at home: Chanderpaul

To change that playing more West Indians will have to be, says former skipper and their most experience batsman, G Krishnan reports.
Hindustan Times | By G Krishnan, Bangalore
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2008 02:50 AM IST

Sitting in the dugout is unusual for Shivnarine Chanderpaul and the former West Indies captain lets it be known. "It is very strange," the 33-year-old Guyanese left-hander told HT in Bangalore on Monday.

"I have been actually out to play cricket and am sitting out. This is happening after a decade. You still have guys who have not played. One has to understand that everyone will have to get an opportunity," the most experienced batsman in the current West Indies side said, during an interview.


On the IPL.

It has been an experience by itself. I never expected the tournament to be this big. We (Bangalore) have been struggling a bit but we have also been playing good cricket in the last few games and managed to pull one off on Saturday night. Winning is a habit as much as losing is. Hopefully, we can get into that habit of winning.

On the mood in dressing room after losing four of the first five games.

It is very good. Everybody is gelling well. Hopefully, we can carry on the momentum from Saturday.

On how he looks back at his international career.

In one's career there will be ups and downs. It depends on how well you come out of it, how strong you are as an individual and once you come out of it, it makes you a better person.

On how tough it is to score consistently when the West Indies are struggling.

It is very difficult to see your team struggling. You just have to put your head down and fight. That's what makes you a better person. If you have that attitude of never giving up, you go up all the way.

On whether being the senior-most batsman in the team means he now has a different role.

I know I am the senior-most batter in the team. I try to do my job to the best of my ability; sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't.

That's how cricket goes as in life. You go to work, you have a good day, and sometimes you don't.

On the need to have more players from the West Indies in the IPL.

You need people from everywhere. And to get the West Indian public more interested, you need these players out here and want them to be playing. Right now, the West Indian public is not paying much attention to IPL. Even though they have a few players here, not all are playing.

On the difference between IPL and Adam Stanford's T20 tournament in the Caribbean.

The IPL is much better organised than Stanford T20. Stanford T20 is not paying anything. IPL is actually recognising the players and paying them. Without players, the sport cannot go on. This is a lot bigger with more international variety at the highest level.

On his goals.

I want to play all levels of cricket for another three years and then see what happens.

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