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5 IPL franchises eye investment in Lord’s London-based team: Shake-up for The Hundred?

5 IPL franchises eye investment in Lord’s London-based team: Shake-up for The Hundred?

With key details yet to be ironed out, a final decision on the involvement of both MCC and IPL franchises is on hold.

The Hundred, the ECB’s brainchild cricket tournament, could be set for a major shake-up with potential investment from Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises. Here’s a breakdown of the key points:

MCC mulls accepting IPL stake in London Spirit

Mark Nicholas, the soon-to-be chairman of MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club), revealed that five IPL franchises have expressed interest in buying a stake in London Spirit, the team representing Lord’s Cricket Ground.

This comes as MCC ponders accepting a 51% ownership offered by the ECB in the London Spirit franchise.

What we are putting to a vote is to accept the ECB’s offer of a 51% share of this franchise,” Nicholas said. “We will always be a members’ club. The first target is membership harmony [because] as a member you are entitled to a view. It’s very easy to knock people back because they’re difficult, but actually there is quite a lot of good thinking that comes out of activism. You have to treat people with respect, and hear their view.”

“World Cricket Connects” Symposium

To navigate the changing cricketing landscape, MCC is hosting the “World Cricket Connects” symposium. This event aims to bring together key figures, including BCCI secretary Jay Shah and IPL representatives, to discuss the future of the game.

Ben Stokes, Brendon McCullum and Rahul Dravid are also set to be present at the July 5 event.

Potential benefits of IPL teams investment

Nicholas emphasizes the financial benefits of private investment in The Hundred. He highlights how MCC missed out on capitalizing on the T20 boom and believes The Hundred offers a second chance.

Uncertainties in The Hundred’s Privatization

While the ECB is keen to finalize franchise sales by year-end, there are still unresolved issues. Details regarding the bidding process and future franchise rollout remain unclear.

IPL Expertise: Boon for The Hundred?

The presence of IPL representatives at the “World Cricket Connects” event signifies their potential involvement. Their experience in franchise ownership and financial models could prove valuable for The Hundred.

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Wait-and-See approach

With key details yet to be ironed out, a final decision on the involvement of both MCC and IPL franchises is on hold. The coming months will be crucial in determining the future ownership structure of The Hundred.

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