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Let 'warm' Durban host IPL final: Pollock

Durban weather conditions are favourable for cricket.

Press Trust Of India |March 25, 2009, 12:32 PM IST
Let 'warm' Durban host IPL final: Pollock

Johannesburg: Former South Africa captain Shaun Pollock on Wednesday said Durban should host the final and semifinal matches of the Indian Premier League because of the favourbale weather conditions in the city.

"Durban is the only city in the country with the warm weather to make it feasible to hold matches that deep into winter," Pollock said.

Pollock, adviser to the Mumbai Indians franchise, though was apprehensive how local fans would connect with the teams.

"Our fans may struggle initially to identify with teams. In that respect, it would have been better to have franchises based in particular cities to give people time to get to know 'their' team," he said.

The tournament will see 59 matches being played in five weeks, which Pollock said would be very demanding from players, who will shuttle between six different venues.

"It will also mean, with 25 players per franchise, that guys will lead a nomadic life on the road, unable to leave their stuff at their base camp," Pollock told a news website.

The six venues are yet to be announced by the organisers.

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