IPL 'can heal' India-Australia rifts
New IPL coaches John Buchanan and Tom Moody both believe the multi-cultural nature of the multi-million dollar Twenty20 competition could help resolve simmering tensions between Indian and Australian players.
As the IPL auction to decide which stars play where and for how much was beginning in Mumbai, former Australia coach Buchanan confirmed he would coach Kolkata with ex-Sri Lanka and current Western Australia coach Moody to take charge of Mohali.
And while relations between India and Australia cricket appear tense at best, following a summer of allegation, controversy and fierce competition, the idea of players from both countries playing alongside each other added another twist to the international cricketing bazaar.
"That is an exciting prospect for cricket - and it is amazing how the game brings people together," Moody said.
"When you are playing in opposing sides in any sport things can get heated, and cricket is no different.
"But when players get together in a team, cricket tends to take control of all egos and all past discrepancies."
Buchanan said one of his main roles as franchise coach would be to blend different cultures into a team.
"I don't ever see that as a problem, once players merge together as a side you are actually trying to achieve a result," Buchanan said.
"What will be interesting is that you will have Australian players, Indian players, New Zealand players, Sri Lankan players, Pakistani players ... and they could all end up in the one franchise.
"That will make for an interesting cultural exchange no doubt ... and that will be one of the exciting parts, bringing together cultural differences in a very short period of time."
The former Australian coach also said it was almost inevitable the ICC would have to make time in the calendar to avoid schisms between Twenty20 and Test cricket.
"It has the potential to revolutionise the game, at least in the way of delivery and to take it globally," Buchanan said.
"I think that (the scheduling window) is what will happen in the next twelve months, and it does have the potential to be damaging either way if it is not worked out properly."
WA Cricket Association boss Graeme Wood said he fully backed Moody coaching another team, despite the possibility of his franchise and WA meeting in the Champions League stage of the tournament.
"We see this as a real coup for the WACA," Wood said.
"Tom ... his main contract is with the WACA, and he has ensured there will be no conflict whatsoever.
"He will lead the Warriors at the proposed Champions Twenty20 tournament regardless of whether Mohali qualifies for that competition or not."
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