London Mayor stresses on bringing IPL home in near future
It was stated that ECB will be more than happy to comply with the wishes of Sadiq Khan, London Mayor.
Updated - Apr 9, 2021 8:27 pm
There is no doubt that the Indian Premier League (IPL) hosted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the most renowned T20 league across the globe and enjoys a massive fanbase. Thus, as part of his re-election campaign for Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan promised to work towards officially conducting the group games of IPL in the United Kingdom (UK) in the coming times.
In a press release, Khan, who had a trial with Surrey as a teenager, reckoned that the people in London are hungry to see the likes of Indian cricketers including Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Rishabh Pant play in the London grounds. Thus hosting IPL matches will provide a good boost to the sport and will also generate much-needed revenue and tourism.
“This is part of my plan to build a better London after the pandemic. I know Londoners are hungry to see more of the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Rishabh Pant and, with two of the world’s greatest cricket grounds in Lord’s and The Kia Oval, London is ideally placed to host IPL matches.
“I will never stop banging the drum for investment in our city and bringing the Indian Premier League to London would not only guarantee a home crowd for every country but boost tourism and generate much-needed revenue to help get our capital back on its feet,” Khan said in a press release as quoted by Cricbuzz.
IPL could be worth tens of millions to the English game: Surrey Chairman
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will be more than happy to comply with the wishes of Sadiq Khan and host the T20 Extravaganza in the country if they ever get a chance to do so. A few days back Surrey Chairman Richard Thompson told The Daily Mail that hosting IPL could be worth tens of millions to the English game and can help them cover all the losses they have incurred due to the Covid-19.
“The windfalls that staging the Champions Trophy and World Cup provided for English cricket were huge and we see the IPL on that level. This could be worth tens of millions to the English game. We have all lost so much money through Covid that we have to be more creative and provide cricket that generates the revenue you wouldn’t otherwise have made. That’s why I think IPL is a no-brainer,” Richard Thompson said.