Delhi coach wants additional foreigner in IPL

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Delhi Daredevils coach Greg Shipperd has pitched for an additional foreigner in some of the games to spice up the Indian Premier League in future.

Updated: May 21, 2009 11:08 IST
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Delhi Daredevils coach Greg Shipperd has pitched for an additional foreigner in some of the games to spice up the Indian Premier League in future.

An array of riches in the Delhi team has forced Shipperd to leave Glenn McGrath and at times Daniel Vettori warming the bench since franchisees can only avail of four foreigners in the starting XI.

"With the four overseas players rule and us needing to beef our batting up with overseas players there is really often one bowling spot. It is difficult and embarrassing for me to go to Glenn McGrath and say 'Sorry mate we haven't picked you in the team'," Shipperd told IPL's official website.

Without McGrath, Vettori and even skipper Virender Sehwag in a few games, Delhi have never looked in trouble, booking a semi-final berth with relative ease.

While this is happy news for the coach, Shipperd still wants the IPL to try out something to give international stars like McGrath and Vettori an opportunity while at the same time not compromising on domestic talent.

"This is testament to the group that goes out and the mission that they have. There are a lot of fabulous players sitting on benches, not playing the game.

"So I still encourage IPL to think their way through opportunities, to if you like broaden the exposure to those international players, without diluting to any significant degree to the absolute aim of promoting and developing the Indian cricketers," the 52-year-old said.

The Australian suggested that in some games five foreigners be played instead of four.

"There can be an identified block of games across the tournament where you instead of four overseas players, you throw in a fifth as well.

"Whether it is Vettori or McGrath or a player that the competition wants to see and the player wants to play. That oportunity in three or four games across the tournament can be an avenue to play and show their skills," he explained.

"This would give an ideal opportunity for IPL to go a step further with innovations that have marked the league since it was launched last year.

"So there is an opportunity for the administration at the top level to sit down with some of the coaches and without going overboard, come up with something which gives little bit more interest like the Orange Cap and Purple Cap," he added.

Shipperd said he is yet to bounce off the idea but felt it could be worked upon.

"If you print this, then it will be out there. Shane has spoken about it. When he talks about it the ears pop up. Then maybe we can all get together and discuss how to improve and move forward."

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