Cricket: Otago waits anxiously for IPL invite

Otago's cricketers are still on tenterhooks waiting for their expected invite to the $12 million Champions League in India later this year, and it must feel a bit like waiting for Prince Charming to ask you to the ball.

The Volts won the New Zealand domestic twenty/20 competition earlier this month and are expected to have their entry confirmed.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan was unavailable yesterday but in a brief email to the Otago Daily Times said: "We're still waiting on confirmation of Otago's participation in the competition.

"There's been no decision as yet - the timing is probably dependant on when the details of the Indian Premier League competition are sorted out."

Following Otago's title win, Vaughan described it as the biggest day in the team's history.

"If this side goes to the world stage and plays with IPL [Indian Premier League] franchises, up against the very best players in the world, then that would be huge," he said.

"If they win, it would be enormous, and the players will be extremely well off if they do that."


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