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IPL teams will find conditions difficult in S Africa: Ganguly

Mumbai: Playing in South Africa would be a challenging for the three Indian Premier League teams who have qualified for next month`s Champions League Twenty20, former India captain Sourav Ganguly said.

"It (playing in South Africa) will have an impact as the technicalities will be different, planning will be different," Ganguly, who has been roped in as a commentator for the tournament, said at a function.

"There won`t be too many scores in excess of 200. There will be a lot more close games and a score of 130-140 could be a winning total," said Ganguly, who led Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 3.

IPL winners Chennai Super Kings, led by India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, runners-up Mumbai Indians, skippered by Sachin Tendulkar, and Anil Kumble-led Bangalore Royal Challengers have qualified for CLT20 to be held from September 10-26 in four South African centres.

But Ganguly also saw the tournament as an ideal opportunity for some young players to prove their mettle in tough South African conditions.

"The tournament will give players like (Saurabh) Tiwary, (Murali) Vijay, and some Karnataka cricketers a chance to play in tough conditions. Look what (Suresh) Raina is doing after all the exposure he got from the Indian Premier League," he said.

“A guy like Shikhar Dhawan scoring a 50 while facing a bowler like Shaun Tait will do his confidence a lot of good. (In the CL T20) you get to play the best in the world which is not always the case with the IPL as only four overseas players are allowed in each team,” he said.

“It (playing in South Africa) will have an impact as the technicalities will be different, planning will be different. There won’t be too many scores in excess of 200. There will be a lot more close games and a score of 130-140 could be a winning total,” he added.

Ganguly said while the two South African teams – Highveld Lions and Warriors - will enjoy the home advantage, the chances of other teams doing well cannot be ruled out.

“Local teams will know the conditions well. The Australian teams too are used to such conditions. Victoria is a very good T20 team. Bangalore too will have a chance with players like (Ross) Taylor, (Jacques) Kallis, and (Dale) Steyn,” he said.

“I’m keeping my fingers crossed (as anything could happen) in this format. There are teams like Guyana, which has produced some of the greats of West Indies cricket like (Carl) Hooper, Ramnaresh (Sarwan) and (Shivnarine) Chanderpaul,” he added.

PTI

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