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Yes, as you say, money talks. And let's face it, players will go where the money is (can't blame them for that!)

But, this is what I don't get about the IPL: it's obviously attractive to players - they're getting millions rather than the pennies that they'd get playing test cricket for the West Indies. But what is there to attract the fans?

Okay, you get to see all the big names in one place and that's fine but not unique (we already have the T20 World Cup for that) but where are the clubs? The franchise sides don't have any kind of continuity in terms of playing staff and just don't seem to carry an identity in the way that a genuine club side would. I find that even more off-putting than the fireworks, the bad music and the dancing girls.

Whilst I'm not a great fan of T20, I'll probably pop down to 2 or 3 of the T20 games a season at Edgbaston (where I'll be watching Warwickshire CCC rather than the "Birmingham Bears" or whatever the marketing department decide to call us next) and I'll watch a few games between other counties on the TV. In each of those cases, I'll have some kind of involvement with the clubs that are playing in that there'll be players that I have come to associate with those clubs over a period of time (I know it's not like the good old days when we had players for life but neither is it like football where players seem to move every season).

I just don't get that with the IPL. It's more, "Oh look! There's so-and-so playing for the Rajastan Rocket Ships, wasn't he with the Mumbai Mega-Sharks last year?" As such, I just can't feel any kind of connection at all with any of the franchises (and the utterly silly names don't help either!)

I sincerely hope that rugby doesn't go down the same soul-less route but I find it hard to be optimistic about any sport in the age of global broadcasting.
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