With the Indian Premier League (IPL) now relocating abroad (probably to South Africa) as a result of clashing with the Indian elections, one wonders whether it is viable in the long term. Not because there isn’t an appetite for cricket in India, nor a dislike of the Twenty Twenty format, but because something so artifical really needed more time to put down its roots in India. The whole tournament wasn’t the result of organic growth (local clubs playing one another), rather the imposition of clubs, and players, on particular cities. While the cricket is fast-paced, and plenty will watch it on TV, will the franchises (an ugly word to British sporting ears) ever win over local fans?
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