Hyderabad: Three captains turned up to face the media in Hyderabad ahead of the Champions League Twenty20 qualifiers. Mahela Udawatte, of Ruhuna, looked a little lost and out of place. Matthew Hoggard, of Leicestershire, wore the broadest of smiles which lit up an otherwise humdrum interaction. Daren Ganga, of Trinidad & Tobago, was forthcoming, forceful and meant business.
Over the years, Ganga has acquired a reputation of being an insightful and capable leader of men. His replies showed that the image has been well-earned. Coming from the tempestuous Caribbean where cricket has made headlines lately mainly for off-field reasons like player contracts or spats between the board and players, Ganga would have expected what was thrown at him by the sparse gathering of reporters.
Twenty20 has made mercenaries of players all over the world, but the greatest impact has been felt in the Caribbean, already battling a steady decline in standards. "T20 will have an impact. Such is the nature of the game," Ganga said. "We have always played our cricket stylishly and aggressively in the Caribbean. So it is no wonder that T20 is attractive there."