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Old February 23, 2008, 05:03 PM
Yamaraj Yamaraj is offline
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Twenty20 league could reach Australia

Jon Pierik
CRICKET'S Indian Premier League revolution could be heading to Australian shores.
Media owner Lachlan Murdoch has shown interest in the Twenty20 league as a part-owner of the Jaipur franchise, and there is speculation Australian businesses will want to be part of the action if IPL franchises are profitable.
IPL officials believe it is inevitable the eight-team, India-based competition will expand to foreign territory, and franchises are likely to be established among the top cricket nations.

The Twenty20 format could help spread the cricketing gospel to uncharted frontiers such as the US and the lucrative Middle East market.

Sony Television has signed a 10-year, $1 billion deal to broadcast the competition but that figure could prove to be a steal if the IPL becomes the force many expect it to be.

Australia's IPL-based agent Neil Maxwell says he wouldn't be surprised if a franchise was based in Australia.

"The only reason to roll out a franchise is to increase your television or broadcast rights," he said.

"If you go to a new market, you want to increase your broadcast rights in that market.

"But ultimately if they do expand, there could be an Australian one."

It is understood businessman Peter Holmes a Court and movie star Russell Crowe expressed interest in the IPL.

Maxwell said an Australian team could not be made up entirely of local players as there would be a limit of two Australians per franchise.
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