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A Feast of Cricket!

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A Feast of Cricket!

As most Cricket fans will know the whole Indian Premier League programme for this season has just been moved from India to South Africa at the last minute. The IPL became extremely popular on TV worldwide in it’s inaugural season last year. The aim was to get the world’s best players playing together in city based teams, in a Twenty20 format. The idea was based loosely on the development in football of the English Premier League as a the most watched football league in the world to have individual teams each with a worldwide fan base with players from many countries.

Because of political issues in India, with the elections taking place at the same time and recent terrorist attacks on cricket in the sub-continent, a last minute decision was made to move this years competition. South Africa was chosen for a number of reasons including the weather, the availability of world class grounds and it’s infrastructure to handle the influx of players and fans.

So now there is a brilliant opportunity for cricket fans to come for a fantastic unscheduled holiday and see the world’s greatest cricketers in action. The first game is at Newlands in Cape Town on April 18th and the series goes on for six weeks. Because of Indian TV scheduling there will be two game start times – 4pm and 8pm. This will fit very well with a holiday schedule as it leaves most of the day free for sightseeing and other activities in the Cape Town region – one of the world’s greatest tourist cities.

Teams and venues are not finally confirmed but as well as Cape Town there will be matches in Durban, Centurion (between Johannesburg and Pretoria), the Wanderers (Johannesburg) and possibly Port Elizabeth. The current strong rumour is that the current champions Rajasthan Royals captained by Shane Warne and including South African captain Graeme Smith and Twenty20 English maestro Dimitri Mascarenhas will be the Cape Town based team. All the major players from around the world will take part including Kevin Pietersen, Ricky Ponting and Freddie Flintoff as well as all the Indian stars.

Tickets will be cheap, at least by English or Australian standards. For the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa last year, good seats were R80 (£6) and grass bank seats only R40. Beer will be just over a pound a pint. On top of this cheap flights can be got – KLM just started a sale today with return tickets from London to SA (via Amsterdam) for £436 (all-included) lots of other direct flights are available.

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1. Re: A Feast of Cricket!

VdC

Shane Warne and Table Mountain...a great opportunity to see two natural wonders at the same location....now all we need is for them to bring back Doctor Beat, and it would be perfect!...

The last time I saw Yujrav Singh at Newlands he was hitting Chris Broad on to the train tracks with startling regularity!

Should be great!

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I'll wait for the real cricket next December

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Well actually the "real" cricket between the world's two top test match teams finished at the weekend in Cape Town. The ODI series also between the world's two top ranked teams starts in Durban in a weeks time! :)

I did hear that the sixth and eighth ranked teams were also playing somewhere out west at the moment!

IPL cricket is a different product bringing players from all round the world to play in the same teams. It is fun and exciting and gives you the whole day to do sightseeing, winetasting, surfing or paragliding down Table Mountain before watching Graeme Smith knock "Freddie" Flintof around the ground or Shane Warne bowling KP behind his legs!

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As an Englishman who will be in S.Africa over the next few months, i was over the moon with the move of the IPL (unlike the majority of my friends!).

Do you know when the fixtures are being realeased? My time in S.Africa has recently been cut short to only three weeks, so I need to do some careful planning!

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Latest news as of this morning below. Fixtures are to be released this evening or tomorrow. Keep your eye on Computicket, the official booking site, for ticket bookings and prices. They already have an IPL page ready to go :

computicket.com/computicket/links/ipl.html

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Cape Town – The Indian Premier League is set to start with a bang at Newlands, with four games on the first two days of the series.

The final programme is set to be finalised on Thursday, but it has been learned that the series will start at Newlands on 18 April with an opening ceremony and two games.

Provincial cricket bosses were scurrying on Wednesday to make arrangements for the series, which starts in 23 days’ time.

It was originally decided that the 59 games will be played in Johannesburg, Centurion, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London but Bloemfontein has also been added to the list. It is believed the Free State capital will host at least four games.

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20/20? The illigitimate son of cricket and rounders. The IPL? A rich man's plaything. Not even being in lovely, lovely Cape Town could make the combination attractive.

Test cricket involving SA at Newlands, now......

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For those interested in seeing serious sporting action and also having a fun time, the provisional IPL schedule has been issued (see below from cricinfo).

For those who believe that people can't have fun while watching your sacred game you don't need to read it. I was just watching today SA beating Australia in the first T20 international. Watching the two best cricket teams in the world play each other in this format was equally interesting to seeing the same teams in the extended tactical games of the recent two test match series and the ODIs which will start next week.

For those thinking of coming please note that the times are Indian Standard Time. SA is 3 hours behind so start times will be 1pm and 5pm with the second game finishing around 7:30 just in time to get to one of Cape Town's great restaurants for dinner to follow the game.

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Johannesburg to host IPL final on May 24

Cricinfo staff

March 26, 2009

The opening match of IPL 2009 will be played at Newlands in Cape Town on April 18, and the final will be held at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on May 24, according to a tournament schedule that has been circulated among the franchises and key BCCI officials.

The IPL is yet to officially release its schedule but according to the unofficial version, a double-header lined up on the opening day will have defending champions Rajasthan Royals taking on the Bangalore Royal Challengers in the first match, followed by the clash between last year's runners-up Chennai Super Kings and the Mumbai Indians at the same venue.

In all, the 59 matches will be held across eight cities - Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Centurion, East London, Kimberley, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.

Kingsmead in Durban, which has a sizeable Indian-origin population, has been allocated 16 matches while Supersport Park in Centurion will host 12 ties. The Wanderers and Newlands will stage eight matches each, while St George's Park in Port Elizabeth and Buffalo Park in East London have been given seven and four matches respectively. Two matches each have been handed to the Outsurance Oval in Bloemfontein and De Beers Oval in Kimberley.

The matches will be held at 12.30pm and 4.30pm (4.00pm and 8.00pm IST; 10.30am and 2.30pm GMT ).

The schedule (All times IST):

April 18: Rajasthan Royals (RR) v Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) (4 pm) in Cape Town; Mumbai Indians (MI) v Chennai Super Kings (CSK) (8 pm) in Cape Town

April 19: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) v Deccan Chargers (DC) (4 pm) in Cape Town; Delhi Daredevils (DD) v Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) (8 pm) in Cape Town

April 20: RCB V CSK (4 pm) in Port Elizabeth

April 21: RR v MI (4 pm) in Durban; KKR v KXIP (8 pm) in Durban

April 22: DD v CSK (4 pm) in Durban; RCB v DC (8 pm) in Cape Town

April 23: KKR v RR (4 pm) in Port Elizabeth

April 24: KXIP v RCB (4 pm) in Johannesburg

April 25: KKR v CSK (4 pm) in Cape Town; DC v MI (8 pm) in Durban

April 26: RR v KXIP (4 pm) in Cape Town; RCB v DD (8 pm) Port Elizabeth

April 27: KKR v MI (4 pm) in Cape Town; CSK v DC (8 pm) in Durban

April 28: DD v RR (4 pm) in Centurion

April 29: MI v KXIP (4 pm) in Durban; KKR v RCB (8 pm) in Durban

April 30: DD v DC (4 pm) in Supersport Park; RR v CSK (8 pm) in Centurion

May 1: RCB v KXIP (4 pm) in East London; MI v KKR (8 pm) in Durban

May 2: RR v DC (4 pm) in Johannesburg; CSK v DD (8 pm) in Port Elizabeth

May 3: MI v RCB (4 pm) in Durban; KXIP v KKR (8 pm) in East London

May 4: DC v CSK (4 pm) in Port Elizabeth

May 5: DD v KKR (4 pm) in Durban; KXIP v RR (8 pm) in Durban

May 6: MI v DC (4 pm) in Centurion

May 7: KXIP v CSK (4 pm) in Supersport Park; RCB v RR (8 pm) in Centurion

May 8: DD v MI (4 pm) in East London

May 9: DC v KXIP (4 pm) in Bloemfontein; CSK v RR (8 pm) in Port Elizabeth

May 10: KKR v DD (4 pm) in East London; RCB v MI (8 pm) in Johannesburg

May 11: DC v RR (4 pm) in Bloemfontein

May 12: RCB v KKR (4 pm) in Centurion; KXIP v MI (8 pm) in Centurion

May 13: DC v DD (4 pm) in Durban

May 14: MI v RR (4 pm) in Durban; CSK v RCB (8 pm) in Durban

May 15: KXIP v DD (4 pm) in Kimberley

May 16: CSK v MI (4 pm) in Johannesburg; DC v KKR (8 pm) in Port Elizabeth

May 17: RR v DD (4 pm) in Kimberley; KXIP v DC (8 pm) in Johannesburg

May 18: CSK v KKR (4 pm) in Centurion

May 19: DD v RCB (4 pm) in Johannesburg

May 20: CSK v KXIP (4 pm) in Durban; RR v KKR (8 pm) in Durban

May 21: DC v RCB (4 pm) in Centurion; MI v DD (8 pm) in Centurion

May 22: Semi Final 1 in Centurion

May 23: Semi Final 2 in Johannesburg

May 24: Final in Johannesburg

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8. Re: A Feast of Cricket!

Sorry 3.5 hrs difference so 12:30 and 4:30 - even better time fot dinner!

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9. Re: A Feast of Cricket!

Fraisse- I too was a Twenty20 sceptic, but after seeing most of the games in Cape Town for the ICC Twenty20s I was converted...good crowds, a fun relaxed vibe, Dr Beat and the dancers and great fun all round (not to mention some fantastic hitting)..Tests at Newlands are also great, but a different thing entirely..sparse crowds, and a very laid back atmosphere.

I think there's room for both, although I think the TWenty20 novelty will wear off eventually..

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I couldnt agree more fraisse10 but each to their own. I certainly wouldn't pay to watch it.