IPL franchises to play friendly matches abroad
For the very first time in twelve years history of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the eight franchises are expected to be allowed to play ‘friendly’ matches outside India.
The decision have been taken with an aim to promote and build brand values of the team in external territories.
An IPL executive termed it as a business strategy to expand the horizon of cricket as a sport.
He said, “There’s a very simple way to look at it. Until now, if you were in Canada and were interested in watching Mumbai Indians play, you had to fly all the way to India.
“If you were in the Caribbean and interested in watching Shahrukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders in action, you had no choice but to travel half the globe. Now, the circus may come to a town near you.”
As of now, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) does not allow allow neither the franchises nor cricketers to participate in overseas fixtures.
“It is imperative for such ideas to be given priority. When the IPL went to South Africa 10 years ago, the fanfare there caught the global imagination.
“Even a 20-day stint in UAE, in 2014, had an alarming effect. There’s a market and this is business. It has to grow if the sport has to,”
Mumbai Indians are among the first teams, who has expressed their interests to play matches in Canada while Kolkata Knight Riders have also prospects of touring to the Caribbean as KKR owner Shahrukh Khan also own Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise Trinbago Knight Riders.
Through the similar development, Chennai Super Kings might visit Singapore. Anything regarding the concept is yet to be finalized.