Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Aussie Stars Flood the IPL

Shaun Marsh, son of the Aussie opener Goeff Marsh, has just been signed up by Priety Zinta's Mohali franchise for the IPL.

Its been quite a week for the young Aussie - after being named in the ODI squad for the Windies tour, earlier today he received his first contract from Cricket Australia.

Whats interesting is that Shaun Marsh joins Luke Pomersbach in the Mohali team - the 2 Western Australians were suspended earlier this season for a late night drinking binge by WA. One can expect some late nights then in and around Punjab once the IPL kicks off.

Marsh and Pomersbach will have to be wary though as Mohali is coached by Western Australia coach Tom Moody who has Trevor Penney as his assistant, also his assistant at WA.

Dominic Thornely, another successful Australian domestic cricketer, was also lapped up today by the Mumbai Indians, who had earlier signed on the Western Australian wicket keeper Luke Ronchi.

Glenn McGrath is one of the first international cricketers to arrive in India for the IPL and has already started training with the Delhi Daredevils. Delhi's coach, the Victorian Greg Shipperd, has also arrived in India and held the team's first training session yesterday.

Aussies have definitely taken the IPL by storm.
  • Shane Warne is the only non-Indian captain the IPL has.
  • 4 of the 8 IPL coaches are Australian - John Buchanan, Tom Moody, Greg Shipperd, and Shane Warne.
  • Australia is the only country from where the largest pool of domestic cricketers have signed on with the IPL - those mentioned above along with the Victorians David Hussey and Cameron White. There are a couple of others that I'm forgetting right now.
Despite such an Aussie dominance in the IPL, Uncle J Rod refuses to believe that it will be a success. Forget Aussie dominance Uncle J, they've got Victorians here as well.

The IPL kicks off in 9 days.

The teams are ready; they've all got their names, their captains, their coaches, their players, their multi colored uniforms; the players have started arriving, training sessions have started, the schedule is in place, and arragements for the opening ceremony are being finalised !!

It sure will be quite an extravaganza !!!

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  1. Robin said...

    Thanks to the talent available in the domestic Australian Cricket.. It surely deserves a special mention since only four international players are allowed in the final XI.. Also Australian Coaches had their roles for choosing Australian players whose talent they knew about..

  2. David Barry said...

    Gotta love those WA uniforms.

  3. Q said...

    Hi Robin - ur right, surely the Aussies coaches played a role.. otherwise I really doubt that Indian businessmen and bollywood stars would have known much about Aussie domestic cricketers.

  4. Q said...

    David, they're very similar to the old Australia uniforms.. just out of curiosity Marsh had a KFC logo on his uniform but Pomrsbach doesn't .. ?

  5. David Barry said...

    Marsh's photo was taken during the T20 competition, sponsored by KFC. Pomersbach's was taken during the 50-over competition, sponsored by Ford I think.

  6. Q said...

    Ah ok.. :-)

    I reckon they're going to take the IPL by storm!!

  7. arjwiz said...

    Somehow the presence of the Aussies makes any tournament that much more serious and important, even though their value has dipped so much after the recent series!

  8. Jrod said...

    I never said it wouldn't work, i just think 40 days is too long for the crowd it is aimed at.

  9. Q said...

    I never said u said it wouldn't work Uncle J. I said u thought it wouldn't be a success. Which it won't be if you think it will be too long for the crowds...

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