IPL 2021: Surrey plan to invite IPL teams to the Oval in Rs 99 mn matches

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IPL 2021: Surrey is planning to invite IPL franchises to London to play a yearly tournament at the Oval in matches worth £1m (Rs 99mn approx) each as England cricket seek ways to recover their financial losses due to Covid pandemic.

According to a report by The Telegraph UK, Surrey and other counties are looking for ways to develop the game and have asked the English and Wales Cricket Board to relax rules that stops them from organising exhibition matches or friendlies with teams from other countries.

Surrey plans to host an annual mini-competition in September which will involve teams from IPL, Bangladesh, Pakistan and West Indies. The Telegraph UK report added that a sell-out at the Oval is worth £1m in revenue before broadcast income is taken into consideration.

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“We think the most deliverable plan is at the end of the season to bring an IPL team or teams from other parts of the world to play in a small baby-steps competition,” Surrey’s chief executive Richard Gould told Telegraph Sport. “There are two venues in London plus Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds all of whom I know would be interested in hosting those events but what we don’t currently have is a green light to do it.

All of the contracts we have signed in the last year have increased control measures from ECB that prevent us from putting on any significant games without their permission which makes us more nervous about investing in such a venture. If we get a green light from the ECB we know there is so much more we could do for the global audience that surrounds us in London.

Gould said there have been “informal conversations” with IPL teams over the past couple of years. However, there was no development due to strict rules by the ECB and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

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The ECB could offer the IPL franchises a stake in Hundred teams. Furthermore, The England board is ready to give the BCCI a share of television rights in Asia to attract big stars like Virat Kohli, according to a report by the Telegraph UK. Both the cricket boards have been in talks pre-COVID-19 pandemic but saw some development when ECB executives were in Ahmedabad during the pink-ball Test in February. The report added that ECB are mulling over a number of potential partnerships with India.

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InsideSport.co View: The thought of BCCI allowing players to play for game The Hundred is little far-fetched. The Indian board has been very protective of their assests be it the IPL or the Indian cricketers – it’s hard to believe that the BCCI will allow sharing of these assets with anyone else for meagre broadcast rights revenues of The Hundred.

Though the franchises are free to buy the stakes in any foreign league but they don’t have any authority to make the Indian players play in their foreign assets. All those rights are completely secured with BCCI.