April 17, 2009

Indian Premier League

There's R450,000 here!

Kanishkaa Balachandran

The IPL is clearly making its presence felt in South Africa, sometimes in unconventional ways, as a local businessman found out to his utter surprise. When Stephen Blewett checked into his hotel room in Port Elizabeth, he found a stash of R450,000 in the locker. It emerged that the room had been previously used by the Kings XI Punjab team, which had camped in the city to train. The money was meant to cover day-to-day expenses. "It is not common for us to carry that amount of money but we have a lot of costs and the money was not yet distributed to the players," the team's liaison officer, Arvinder Singh, told the Times. For a country that normally attracts negative headlines over crime rates, this was a refreshing change indeed.

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