India paceman Irfan Pathan is definitely disappointed at not being able to play the second season of the Indian Premier League in front of home crowd, but feels shifting the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament to South Africa will globalise the game.
“I am certainly disappointed as shifting of IPL to South Africa will deny us an opportunity to perform before Indian audience, specially the Mohali crowd. It’s nice because the supporters kick up spirit of the team everytime.
“But under the given circumstances, people of the country will be able to watch it on television at least. Its better than not having the event at all,” said Irfan, who plays for the Kings XI Punjab in IPL.
“But I think there are IPL fans throughout the world and this decision (to shift the IPL), in one way will help to globalise the cricket. Some section of people, who missed the inaugural edition, will probably watch the tournament this year,” he added.
The BCCI were forced to to shift this year’s IPL out of the country due to security reasons as it clashes with the general elections.