Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the most followed T20 competitions in the world. The tournament organized by the BCCI has a massive fan base across the globe. As a part of his re-election campaign for Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has promised to conduct the group games of IPL in the United Kingdom.
In a press release, Khan said that the people of London are hungry to see the Indian players in the London grounds. Thus hosting matches of the most-watched T20 league would generate 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.
Earlier, Surrey Chairman Richard Thompson told The Daily Mail that hosting IPL would help the ECB to cover all the losses they have incurred due to the Coronavirus.
“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.