Sweet timing Victorian left-hand bat could use Champions League to enter world stage

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Melbourne, Oct.1 (ANI): Victorian coach Greg Shipperd believes the upcoming Champions League Twenty20 could catapult a low profile state player onto the world stage.

Australia's two representatives, Victoria and NSW, start with a double-header at Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on October 9, the Blues taking on South Africa's Diamond Eagles, before the Bushrangers play star-studded IPL team Delhi Daredevils.

The Age quoted Shipperd as saying that the likes of Aiden Blizzard, a sweet-hitting 25-year-old left-hander who excels at the shortest version of the game but is yet to establish himself for Victoria in the longer forms, could receive a career rocket.

"Aiden Blizzard is one player I know (IPL) franchises in India have been looking at," Shipperd said.

"A good tournament could catapult him or any of our players that aren't currently involved into the next tournament."

Shipperd said strong performances on such a big stage would also enhance prospects of Australian selection.

"Everyone's well aware of the David Warner story, in terms of his Australian progression and also his IPL progression," Shipperd said of the big-hitting Blue's quick rise to the Australian Twenty20 and one-day sides.

"That opportunity's certainly there for a young Victorian."

Blizzard is well aware of the opportunity.

"Being on a world scale, you are under the spotlight and the sky's the limit if you can do well over there," he said.

While Test cricket remains his ultimate goal, the growing opportunities in Twenty20, including the lucrative Indian event, have changed both his thinking and that of the Victorian side. (ANI)

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