Warne hails IPL's move to introduce two new teams
Australian spin legend Shane Warne welcomed Indian Premier League's decision to add two new franchises for 2011 edition of the lucrative Twenty20 event and said the move will bring more sheen to the "bestselling brand of cricket".cricket Updated: Mar 09, 2010 18:26 IST
Australian spin legend Shane Warne on Monday welcomed Indian Premier League's decision to add two new franchises for 2011 edition of the lucrative Twenty20 event and said the move will bring more sheen to the "bestselling brand of cricket".
"I think, the Indian Premier League is the bestselling brand of cricket. Every cricketer now dreams of playing for his country and also in the IPL. The decision will give more opportunity to them," said Warne, who is in Jaipur to lead the Rajasthan Royals in third edition of IPL commencing March 12.
"The IPL has attracted more people towards the sport. Those, who retired recently, were too attracted towards this. I feel it has become best competition of cricket," Warne added.
The IPL recently announced the addition of two new teams for the 2011 edition of the competition, bringing the total number of teams up to 10.
Warne, speaking about team's performance in the IPL last season admitted that the side failed to put up consistent show but vowed to make amends this time.
"Yes, we were not consistent last year. We will address that problem and would do better since we are back on the home turf," Warne said.
The Rajasthan team, which won the inaugural edition of the Twenty20 tournament in 2008, finished an unimpressive sixth last year when the event was organised in South Africa.
"We have strongest group of players, few of them are capable of surprising in IPL-III. At top of the order there is South African captain Graeme Smith like a rock," he said.
First Published: Mar 08, 2010 16:45 IST