Indian cricketers may be missing from the T20 Global League, scheduled to be played in South Africa from November 3-December 16, but you could say it’s almost like a mini Indian Premier League here in the Rainbow Nation. What’s more, it can also be dubbed as an India-Pakistan T20 league.
Not just because two IPL teams (KKR and Delhi Daredevils) have bought two franchises in Cape Town and Johannesburg, but also because five teams out of eight here are owned by the Indians.
From Nelson Mandela Bay Stars Dubai owner Ajay Sethi, Blooncity Blazers’ Hong Kong-based owners Sushil Kumar to UK-based Hiren Bhanu who co-owns Pretoria Maveriks -all are pursuing the one common mission of having Indian cricketers coming into the league.
For now, to even entertain the idea of Indian players playing in this league, but it appeared to the long-term dream of the Indian team owners at the players’ draft.
In the midst of all this, however, a unique India-Pakistan rivalry is still on here. The Durban-based side Kalandars owned by a Pakistani Fawad Rana from Lahore has thrown an open challenge to GRM’s Johannesburg team.
“Both Duban and Johannesburg are ageold rivals. But the real rivalry is now between Lahore and Delhi,” Kalandar’s owner said.
At the Global League draw, the players’ prices are fixed according to their respective standing and team owners picked 16 players each. The team owners admitted that their job wasn’t to pick the side, leaving that responsibility to the team of professionals.
If such is the case, the quality of cricket is expected to be on a higher level – a feature that the organisers are hoping would the defining aspect. TNN