IPL to put breaks on India, Australia furore: Gilchrist

Sydney, Mar 2 (UNI) The relationship between Australia and Indian cricketers has ''got out of hand somewhat'' but the Indian Premier League will help to heal some of the rifts, wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist believes.

Gilchrist, who was recently picked up by Hyderabad in IPL player's auction told the Sunday Telegraph, ''That's where I see something like the IPL is going to be ground-breaking territory.'' ''That's going to be an opportunity for players around the world to get to meet, know and understand opposition cultures and customs.

I think that's going to be a very positive off-shoot of the IPL.

Any world XI team I've ever played in there's always been a great camaraderie in the rooms,'' he said.

Australia players involvement for the IPL this season depends on whether the tour of Pakistan goes ahead. Gilchrist conceded the home summer had been a difficult one for some of his colleagues.

''There's been evidence that the players probably haven't been able to totally represent exactly how they've felt,'' wicketkeeper said. ''It's grown beyond just the cricket, it's a business now and I think people are mindful of that.'' ''I don't think the players can totally complain too much, though, because it's a professional world and we're the beneficiaries of that professionalism, financially and by way of support off field.

''The support structure around players is as good as ever and we need to bear all that in mind.

''The situation this summer has got out of hand somewhat.

Hopefully over the next week we see some great cricket, the series will finish and we'll all just move on and forget the almost tit-for-tat reactions that have been going on. Both teams are going to be extremely keen to get on and win this one and take a good memory out of what's been an exhausting summer,'' he added.


Story first published: Sunday, March 2, 2008, 14:02 [IST]
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