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IPL transfer window to start next week

The one-month transfer window for the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been put off by a week to allow the franchisees more time to do their homework.

This was supposed to start from 15 December.

The IPL governing body will finalise the rules for the transfer window, which will now take place from 22 December - 22 January 2009.

After last month's terror attacks delayed the Champions League, IPL officials tried to make clarity as far as that event was concerned. But they ended up cancelling this year's event.

As a result of trying to figure out the Champions League schedule, the IPL governing body didn't get enough time to respond to some of the queries of the franchisees.

Franchisees got the consent only on 9 December and, thus, had little time to work on their list of players who will be up for transfer.

Teams like Royal Challengers, which did not do well in the first edition, will look to get in fresh legs and get rid of dead wood. A side like Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, is sitting pretty as far as the team composition is concerned.

The Royals, of course, have been hurt by the cancellation of this year's Champions League. They were to have announced a myriad of sponsorship deals that would have tied in with the Champions League.

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