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How many points will Kamran Khan get you?

A few last-minute changes and our experts' teams are set to slug it out

Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers celebrate Callum Ferguson's wicket, South Africa v Australia, 2nd ODI, Centurion, April 5, 2009
AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn feature in more than one celebrity XI © Associated Press

With just hours left for the IPL to kick off in South Africa, our celebrity participants have made some interesting last-minute changes to their teams.

Ian Chappell has rung in some crucial changes, especially in his bowling line-up. Out go the injured Sreesanth, Yo Mahesh, and Glenn McGrath. He now has just two fast bowlers in Manpreet Gony and Zaheer Khan, and his top nine are all capable of hitting the ball hard. He and David Lloyd continue with Sanath Jayasuriya as their trump. Chappell said the changes he made were forced by the unavailability of Marsh and Sreesanth. "I also decided to change the balance of my team. I have placed a high priority on batsmen who score a lot of runs and hit a high percentage of sixes."

Lloyd, meanwhile, hasn't made any changes so far. He said he was looking for batsmen who dealt in boundaries. "A real punt for me is van der Merwe. I do not know anything about him. I opted for three bowlers in Murali Kartik, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh. They are all experienced." He has persisted with the exciting David Warner, who smashed 89 off 43 balls in his Twenty20 debut.

Sambit Bal, who was the only one with a South African bowler in his side, has now included AB de Villiers, who also finds a place in Sanjay Manjrekar's team.

Manjrekar has focused heavily on players with local experience including JP Duminy, deVilliers and Dale Steyn in his team. Looks like he has decided to take a gamble on the unpredictable Jesse Ryder's good form against India by including him as well - the only one to do so.

Our editor, meanwhile, has decided to take a risk and include the man Shane Warne has described as "a little guy, but he bowls 140-plus" - Kamran Khan from the Rajasthan Royals. "I have taken one big gamble on Warne's instincts and picked Kamran. Hope the old geezer isn't just bluffing. He is a player I am looking forward to see, hope they pick him."

His team includes players from seven teams, with Deccan Chargers being the only omission. He has largely "gone for the players who can score big and fast - Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Jayasuriya, McCullum, Yuvraj. De Villiers may end up keeping too, so there are catching points to be earned.

"Now, is that giving away too much strategy? But I am among friends anyway. If they pick some tips from here and go on to win, Ian can always buy me a few beers and Sanjay can take me to his farmhouse which he has been threatening to for a couple of years."

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Rank Team Name Celebrity pts
1 Trick20 Sambit Bal 10857
2 godfathers Ian Chappell 10573
3 Sanjays XI Sanjay Manjrekar 9834
4 the circus David Lloyd 7228
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