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Players and producers may not feel the difference,as Indian Premier League shifts venue to South Africa from India.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE |
April 21, 2009 2:27:53 am

Players and producers may not feel the difference,as Indian Premier League (IPL) shifts venue to South Africa from India. Reason being similar frenzy among the Asian dominated populace and nearly an export of glitz and glamour through good-looking cheerleaders and the Bollywood star brigade to the other nation. However,fans in the city have their own reason to say that the second season of IPL may not be as interesting as the first one.

Salil Desai,management film maker & author
Too early to say it has lost its charm but I think it is no longer on top of the mind like last time. Election coverage competes with it on TV channels. Besides taking it out to South Africa has robbed the tournament of a sense of belonging amongst Indians.

Nishant Srivastava,software engineer
Yes,the popularity has certainly faded. The main reason being the change in the venue that is,from India to South Africa. South African pitches are low scoring and favour the bowlers. But the craze of IPL gets amplified when the match is high scoring and when public gets to see sky-high sixes,however,I don’t feel this will happen this time. In the past four matches the weather condition was also bad,which brought down the excitement.

Safder Ali,media planner
No,I feel this time IPL matches are something to watch for. It is getting more attention in terms of money and fan frenzy. Apart from an ever-growing fan club,this year the opening match rating is higher as compared to last year opening. In terms of advertisements — this year’s opening match recorded Rs 3.8 lakh per 10 seconds,while last year’s opening match recorded Rs 2.11 lakh per 10 second. On a personal note as well,IPL is more eventful this time. Though the low scores are not taken well by the people but that might make the struggle more interesting and fierce.

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Bhavatosh Dhavale,student
Definitely there is that extra zing missing from the IPL this year,firstly all the players of the various teams are not playing this year owing to various reasons and secondly there is something about the Indian audiences that bring a wild excitement to the game. Definitely south Africans are enthusiastic and we have Indians there too. But it won’t be like playing on the Indian turf.

Shobha pawar,tourism professional
Though the excitement has gone down,but it can still catch up during forthcoming matches. Last year it was such a hit probably because it was anew thing for cricket lovers. The high scores during the last year matches were another factor that ended up in so many online fan clubs.

The low score in the openieng matches this time is a bit of disappointment. And election too is proving to be a distraction for the cricket patriots,as election cannot be neglected at any cost. However,some good and exciting matches will surely improve the condition. I am looking forward to some nail-biting competition matches. Given the pitch,the batsmen dont have much to contribute,thus all the reponsibility for entertaining the public is with bowlers.

Anthony Bansode,student
The fact that the IPL this year is being held there is ironic because I wanted to catch the action first hand at the stadiums itself had they played the matches in India. Sadly though that won’t be happening. Even though audiences across the nation might be glued to the television to check the matches,somehow they wont have the same experience as seeing them held on Indian grounds.

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