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Barney Ronay, writing in the Guardian, says the IPL and the County Championship, two contrasting tournaments of two different formats, will give fans - who can consider both to be mutually beneficial - an opportunity to enjoy them in tandem.
There is of course a natural polarity between these two extreme interpretations of the word "cricket". The IPL is brash, expansionist and draped in a cladding of new imperial glamour. It wants to conquer the world. The ECC is old, quiet and draped in a cladding of house dust and summer‑tog cagoule. It wants a nice cup of tea. They are two entirely separate entities, scarcely the same species of sport. But which one is better?