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London mayor eyeing ambitious bid to bring IPL to English shores | Cricket News – Times of India


Cricket followers in England may get the prospect to see the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma clearing boundaries frequently, with London mayor Sadiq Khan set to spearhead a marketing campaign to bring the Indian Premier League (IPL) to the English capital.
Following its inception in 2008, the IPL has achieved stratospheric progress, growing into one of the world’s most profitable annual sporting properties, pulling in tens of millions of viewers every season.
Khan, who’s looking for re-election subsequent month, has vowed to work with authorities to make the IPL the newest league to stage matches in London, following the success bringing Major League Baseball and the National Football League to the capital.
“This is part of my plan to build a better London after the pandemic,” Khan mentioned.
“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’ll by no means cease banging the drum for funding in our metropolis and bringing the Indian Premier League to London wouldn’t solely assure a house crowd for each nation however increase tourism and generate a lot-wanted income to assist get our capital again on its ft.”
The IPL has been staged outdoors India prior to now, with South Africa internet hosting in 2009 and the UAE final yr.
The 14th version of the money-wealthy T20 league kicks off afterward Friday with Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore going through Rohit’s Mumbai Indians.

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