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Leander: Learn from IPL

New Delhi: Hailing the India Premier League (IPL) for successfully creating loyal followers, Leander Paes, on Friday, said the city-based franchise league is the way forward to popularise other sports, which need to replicate the model of the popular cricket tournament.

In the USA, city-based franchise tennis tournament — World Team Tennis (WTT) — is extremely popular and Paes said something on those lines should be introduced in Indian tennis as well as other sports in the country.

“IPL is a close relative of the World Team Tennis (WTT). The stadia are packed for the entire 21 days. The format of the tournament makes it interesting for the viewers. Also there are great players participating in the league. That is what IPL has been successful in doing here and we have to learn from it to replicate it in other sports,” said Paes, who plays for Washington Kastles franchise in WTT.

“The focus of a league is also very important. It should be an entire family packages,” he said. (agencies)