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ECB chair Richard Thompson keen to host IPL matches in England

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has expressed its desire to stage the Indian Premier League (IPL) games in the country in the future as the lucrative domestic T20 tournament looks to expand, said a report in mirror.co.uk quoting the Telegraph.

Drawing comparison with the NBA and NFL, who play some of their games in the UK, new ECB chair Richard Thompson hoped that England could stage IPL matches in the future as well, with the cricket’s governing body in the country hoping to double attendances from two million to four million.

“The NBA and NFL come here, so why can’t we host the IPL? The IPL has grown its window by another three weeks and I don’t think it cannibalises other competitions because (many England) players are playing in it anyway,” Thompson was quoted as saying in the report.

“We have seen the value when India and Pakistan are playing over here during World Cups and Champions Trophies,” he added, indicating the ECB wants to cash in on the Asian fan base in the country.

Last year, the ECB had reportedly held talks with the BCCI and IPL officials about franchises playing games at The Oval and Lord’s and the report also said that the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, had supported the venture.

“Surrey are speaking to teams in India and colleagues in the BCCI and IPL,” Khan said.

“The first step will be friendlies and exhibition matches. We want to get them going, maybe even this year if we make progress as we are doing with the pandemic. It has to be Covid-safe, of course. We have to bang the drum for our city, and sport is one way to do this,” he added.

Surrey and the MCC, who own Lord’s, have said that hosting IPL matches would be great for the sport in the country. “We support the Mayor of London’s ambitions to bring the Indian Premier League to London and are keen to work with the administration to make this a reality,” they said.

“The incredible energy, diversity and passion of the crowds at both our venues during the Men’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 demonstrated London’s extraordinary potential as a home for global games. Following in the footsteps of the NFL and MLB by bringing one of the world’s largest leagues to the capital, would be a hugely exciting project for our city and the wider game in this country,” they added.

Wouldn’t be surprised if IPL could expand to have two distinct seasons in a year: Ravi Shastri

Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has reckoned that he wouldn’t be surprised if the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) expands to having two distinct seasons in a year.

Shastri also fekt that the TV demand for more IPL matches could be met by adding a second season later in the year and by expanding the number of teams in the current form.

“I think you might have two (IPL) seasons. I wouldn’t be surprised at all. If bilateral cricket is reduced, you might well have a shorter format of the IPL in the latter half of the year, more like a World Cup format with a knockout that decides the winner. The full competition with 10 teams could go to 12 teams in the future with the schedule stretching from one-and-a-half to two months,” said Shastri on the latest episode of Vaughany and Tuffers Cricket Club Podcast.

Shastri meanwhile, also felt that IPL’s growth is good for the sport.

“All that is possible because it is driven by the money and supply and demand. The demand is big for that type of format. The IPL will be tempted to go in that direction. It’s great for the sport, great for the players, broadcasters and people who work around the teams. It’s (the IPL) an industry on its own now,” he reckoned.

Recently, the global cricketing schedule had come under huge debate last week after all-rounder Ben Stokes’ retired from ODI cricket citing “unsustainable” workload of playing all three formats of the game and speaking on it, Shastri felt that reducing bilateral T20Is is the apt solution to solve scheduling problem.

“I would be a little careful of the number of bilateral splits, especially in T20 cricket. There’s a lot of franchise cricket which can be encouraged, whichever country it’s in – India, West Indies, or Pakistan. You play less bilaterals and then you get together for the World Cups. So the emphasis on ICC World Cup events becomes paramount. Then people look forward to them,” he expressed.

PCB to challenge IPL’s proposed extended window at ICC AGM in July

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), who are feeling “short-changed” by the Indian Premier League (IPL) potentially getting a two-and-a-half-month window in the next ICC Future Tours Programme (FTP), will raise the issue and challenge the development at the upcoming ICC AGM, scheduled to be held in July.

The IPL is now ten-team tournament after two new teams — Lucknow Super Giants and winners Gujarat Titans — were added in the 2022 edition and as a result, the number of matches also got increased from 60 to 74. The increase in matches also led to an extension of the duration of the league from 50-odd days to over two months.

In the bid document for the IPL’s recent media-rights auction, the BCCI had also said the number of matches in the IPL could go up to 84 in 2025 and 2026, and up to 94 in 2027.

But, PCB’s comments came after BCCI secretary Jay Shah’s recent remark that the Indian board will be getting an extended window for the IPL in the ICC’s next FTP cycle, which will make sure “all the top international cricketers can participate”.

However, there has been no announcement from the ICC about the window and the FTP for the next eight-year cycle has not yet been finalised.

Notably, the Indian Premier League (IPL) doesn’t allow Pakistan players to take part except in the first season of the league in 2008 due to poor political relations between the two countries. As a result, the IPL window arguably impacts Pakistan’s international season more than other members.

“There hasn’t been any announcement on increasing the IPL window. I have views on it which we’ll raise at the ICC platform in the July meeting,” said Ramiz Raja, the PCB chairman, during a press conference on Friday.

Ramiz also said that his quadrangular T20 Super Series idea — which was passed on by the ICC board meeting in April — was not dead yet.

“My four-nations concept is not yet dead. The media seems to have got the impression that it has been shelved. That’s not true. They were bundling rights for World Cup events, so they said if they announced another property, then all investors would start chasing this,” he said.

“This would become a new challenge, so they thought it better not to introduce it yet. But this will be the only cricket board that will challenge any platform where it believes Pakistan is being short-changed. When we get this development [of the IPL window expanding] formally, we will put across our views in a robust manner,” he added.

The PCB chief has been in touch with the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly about cricketing ties but acknowledged that the situation was beyond them.

“I’ve spoken on the sidelines to Sourav Ganguly, and I told him now three former cricketers including Martin Snedden are on the ICC board. I said if even we can’t bring about change, then what’s the point? He invited me to the IPL twice, once in Dubai and once this time. I was torn over it. I thought if I went, the fans wouldn’t forgive me, even though it perhaps made cricketing sense to go,” he said.

“But there are issues right now which will take time to resolve because this is a political game. If it was a cricketing issue, we’d sort it out in two minutes. But we did get the Champions Trophy 2025, so we did break the influence to some extent. And people realised Pakistan’s team and fans deserve such a world-class event,” he concluded.

Viacom18 vows to make IPL available to every Indian

In the just concluded e-auction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights for the 2023-27 cycle, Viacom18 acquired the rights to digitally stream the lucrative league and now the company has said that it will take the cash-rich league to every nook and corner of the country.

Apart from bagging the digital media rights of the IPL’s 2023-27 cycle for the Indian subcontinent, Viacom18 also won the India digital rights for a special package of 18 games in every season.

Issuing a statement, the compnay promised that it will take the league to every nook and corner of the country.

“With its wide reach, strategic tie-ups and increasingly popular content bouquet, the digital platforms of Viacom18 are gearing up for leadership in India as well as with the Indian diaspora globally,” Viacom18 said in a statement on Wednesday.

“With these IPL rights, Viacom18 will be able to take India’s biggest sporting event to every nook and corner of the country. It will make IPL available to every Indian in every part of India, including the 60 million FreeDish homes which today are not able to access this popular content,” it added.

The Reliance-backed company also informed that it is building the digital platforms of the future while continuing to strengthen traditional television broadcasting.

“Sports entertain us, inspire us and bring us together. Cricket and IPL personify the best of sport and the best of India, which is why we are proud to be deepening our association with this great game and this wonderful league. Just like with everything we do, our mission is to take the joyful experience of IPL to cricket fans wherever they are – in every part of our country and around the world,” said Nita Ambani, Director, Reliance Industries Ltd.

Viacom18 had earlier also acquired a slew of sporting rights in soccer (FIFA World Cup, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue1), badminton, tennis, and basketball (NBA).

Notably, in the just concluded e-auction of the IPL media rights cycle for the 2023-27 cycle, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) managed to rake in more than 48 thousand crore rupees, which is almost three times the amount it had received in the previous cycle.

Notably, STAR INDIA has won the India TV rights while Reliance-backed Viacom18 acquired the digital rights for the 2023-27 cycle of the league.

The IPL is now the second- most valued sporting league in the world in terms of per match value. STAR INDIA won India TV rights with their bid of Rs 23,575 crore, while Viacom18 bagged digital rights with its winning bid of Rs 23,758 crore.

IPL e-auction showed how strong the game is in our country: Ganguly

In the just concluded e-auction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights cycle for the 2023-27 cycle,the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) managed to rake in more than 48 thousand crore rupees, which is almost three times the amount it had received in the previous cycle.

Commenting on the auction, BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly said that despite the monetary value touched new heights, the game was just about talent.

In a statement, he said: “The game has never been just about money, it is about talent. The IPL e-auction just showed how strong the game is in our country. The numbers should be the biggest motivation for all the young players to take their ability and Team India to the highest level.”

“IPL’s growth story and its phenomenal rise in the sporting world is a result of people’s immense faith and belief in the BCCI leadership and its workforce to keep on delivering under all adversities. I am sure with the constant support of everyone in the eco-system we will be able to take brand IPL to new heights on the global sports stage,” he added.

On the other hand, BCCI Secretary, Jay Shah said: “It gives me immense joy and makes me proud that IPL has grown to what it is today. The e-auction today has catapulted IPL into the big league in terms of per match media rights value. We ensured that the process was transparent and fair to all stakeholders. I congratulate all the winners and thank the bidders for participating in the e-auction process. I also express my gratitude to the market forces for believing in the brand and showing their faith and confidence in BCCI to take IPL to newer heights. I am sure, together, we will keep adding value to brand IPL and make it the biggest sporting league in the world in terms of revenue, participation and performance.”

“The whole idea is to balance cricket and commercial interests as BCCI is committed to developing sports in the country through cricket. The money we generate through media rights will ultimately benefit grassroots cricket in India and that is what ultimately matters. The BCCI is also committed to launching the Women’s IPL in 2023 apart from creating maximum opportunities for the growth of women’s cricket in the country. In BCCI’s attempt to ensure that sports should travel beyond cricket, it is also setting up indoor sports academies in the Northeast and stadiums in select locations to promote sports in every nook and corner of the country. The BCCI will also build a resource pool to provide pension and financial aid to former players and widows of cricketers,” he added.

Notably, STAR INDIA has won the India TV rights while Reliance-backed Viacom18 acquired the digital rights for the 2023-27 cycle of the league.

The IPL is now the second- most valued sporting league in the world in terms of per match value. STAR INDIA won India TV rights with their bid of Rs 23,575 crore, while Viacom18 bagged digital rights with its winning bid of Rs 23,758 crore.

Amazon set to pullout from IPL Media Rights’ race: Reports

In what could be a massive setback for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Amazon won’t be reportedly bidding for the Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights for the 2023-27 cycle.

The reports suggested that the e-commerce group, which has deployed around $6.5 billion in its business in India beside operatin its Prime Video streaming service, has conveyed its decision to the Indian cricket board.

According to Bloomberg News, Amazon, which was interested in acquiring the IPL media rights, had initially been determined to score a victory. Earlier, the American retail titan had spent hundreds of millions of dollars on acuiring the European soccer rights. It has already signed a deal to broadcast Thursday Night Football in the US at $1 billion a season until 2033.

Apart from Amazon, Disney Star, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL), Culver Max Entertainment Private Limited (Sony Pictures Networks India), Viacom18, Sky Sports (UK), Google India, FanCode (Dream11), MX Player, and SuperSport (South Africa) are the other players now left in the race for the media rights.

As per the industry pundits, the rights for the next cycle is likley to fetch the BCCI over Rs 50,000 crore.

However, unlike the previous times, there are four categories for the rights this time, which are namely: TV Rights for Indian Sub-continent, Digital Rights, 18 games (inaugural game, weekend double headers, 4 play-off games) and Rest of the World.

Significantly, as the base price is fixed at Rs 32,890 crore, the digital consumption and smart segregation of packages is expected to rise take the valuation above USD 7 billion.

The last date for buying the bid document is May 10 and the e-auction, if it happens, will take place after the ongoing edition of the TATA IPL.

Earlier, Star India, the current official broadcaster of the cash-rich league, had paid a whopping Rs 16,347.5 crore for the 2018-2022 cycle.

In February 2022, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief had said that he was expecting a rise of more than double in value of IPL rights for the next 2023-27 cycle.

“12,000 Crore for sale of two franchises was phenomenal. Fingers crossed, we should get 40,000 crore plus from the IPL Media Rights. The tenders will be conducted soon by the BCCI”, Sourav Ganguly had expressed during a chat show ‘Backstage with Boria’ few months back.

Earlier in October, the BCCI had already fetched Rs 12,725 Crore from the sale of two new IPL franchises – Lucknow and Ahmedabad.

While RPSG Ventures Ltd. had acquired the Lucknow franchise for Rs 7090 crores, the Irelia Company Pvt Ltd. (CVC Capital Partners) bagged the Ahmedabad franchise for Rs 5625 crores.

“50,000 Crore for the Indian cricket, BCCI can and will further take sport to the next level. Already IPL has benefitted Indian cricket big time & with these monies the sport can go to completely different level”, the BCCI chief added.

One of the main reason for the increase in the IPL media rights value would be increase in the number of matches from next season.

Augmented reality eagle takes IPL 2022 final to a new high

The TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 final between Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals witnessed a new record attendance for a cricket match, attracting a crowd of 104,859.

Charting another historic path, Star Sports, official broadcasters of the toughest T20 League, and Quidich Innovation Labs partnered to produce an extraordinary Augmented Reality event, the first of its kind during a sporting event in the country, leaving fans across the globe both stunned and delighted.

During the innings break, viewers were presented with an augmented reality show featuring a majestic eagle that swooped into the stadium and took everyone by surprise – the first of its kind, aired on television in the country.

Star Sports and Quidich Innovation Labs teamed up to create this incredible AR showcase using the Unreal Engine, a powerful real-time 3D game engine, coupled with Quidich’s proprietary real-time drone tracking system, Spatio. The AR production gave the viewers a magical experience that highlighted the might of the IPL and its mission Yatra Pratibha Avsara Prapnotihi (where talent meets opportunity).

The sky above the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad transformed. Through the thunder and lightning, a magical eagle swept into the frame, flying around the stadium which had morphed into a nest.

The eagle flew towards the camera and surprised the talent in the Star Sports studio by knocking on the lens and drawing their attention. It then flew up majestically, revealing the magnificent IPL trophy; conveying the power of the competition and the zeal for the best team to win.

Mumbai Indians emerge most engaged club globally: Report

Mumbai Indians (MI) experienced their worst-ever Indian Premier League (IPL) season this year however, the Rohit Sharma-led side have yet again reiterated their widespread followership across the world and have sustained their top status on YouTube engagement worldwide, according to a study conducted by Spanish research agency Deportes & Finanzas.

According to the report, the 5-time IPL champions bettered their numbers on this count by over 50 percent in April 2022, clocking 66.1 million engagements, clear of second-placed Liverpool FC by 16m.

Mumbai Indians were ranked as the most popular sports brand for March 2022 on YouTube with 40.7M engagements, beating global brands such as FC Barcelona, Liverpool FC, and Real Madrid amongst others.

“A combination of YT Shorts and traditional YT videos have led to exponential consumption on MI’s YouTube channel. During the pre-season phase, MI produced engaging video content around the squad coming together for the first time ahead of the ongoing IPL season,” the report said.

“New video themes like MI Daily (a quick unfiltered wrap of MI’s daily activities in the camp), as well as partnerships with prominent MI fans who are also creators, helped gain additional consumption on YouTube,” it added.

Mumbai Indians continue to be a strong brand to engage with, attributed to strong strategies and creative content, which is interesting and engaging for all cricket fans.

Dinesh Karthik reprimanded for breaching IPL code of conduct during Eliminator

Just few hours before the Qualifier 2 match against Rajasthan Royals on Friday, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik was reprimanded for breaching the IPL code of conduct during the Eliminator match against Lucknow Super Giants at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.

“Mr. Karthik admitted to the Level 1 offence under Article 2.3 of the IPL Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction. For Level 1 breaches of the Code of Conduct, the Match Referee’s decision is final and binding,” said an official statement from the tournament.

Article 2.3 of the IPL code of conduct talks about ‘Use of an audible obscenity during a Match’. It covers the use of words commonly known and understood to be offensive, obscene and/or profane (in any language) and which can be heard by the spectators and/or the viewing public whether by way of the stump-microphone or otherwise. This conduct may include, for example, swearing in frustration at one’s own play or fortune.

In the Eliminator at the Eden Gardens, Karthik provided finishing fireworks in an unconquered 37 off 23 balls, laced with five fours and a six. He was also instrumental in Bangalore taking 84 runs off the last five overs as Rajat Patidar slammed 12 boundaries and seven sixes for scoring an unbeaten 112 off just 54 balls, carrying Bangalore to a mammoth 207/4.

In reply, Lucknow fell 14 runs short, ending at 193/6 in 20 overs. The winner of Qualifier 2 between Bangalore and Rajasthan will face Gujarat Titans in the title clash at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday.

Bangalore vs Rajasthan will be royal encounter as both wants to win badly: Shastri

Former India captain and head coach Ravi Shastri believes the Qualifier 2 clash in IPL 2022 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Friday will be a royal affair as both teams want to be on the victorious side to play the title clash against Gujarat Titans on Sunday.

“It’s been 14 years for RCB (as they’ve never owned that elusive silverware) and 13 years since Rajasthan won their last title in the inaugural season. So between the two of them, it’s been 27 years (laughs). They both want it badly and it will be a battle of Royals. Let’s wait for that one. It’s going to be a great contest as both the teams would want to win it badly,” said Shastri on the Cricket Live show on Star Sports.

In IPL 2022, both Bangalore and Rajasthan have showcased great skills and class to bring themselves into a position where they can end their title drought. While Bangalore are yet to win an IPL trophy, Rajasthan have been searching for the elusive title since winning the inaugural IPL season in 2008.


Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith believes Qualifier 2 will be a cracker of a contest. Smith, who was a part of the Rajasthan Royals side in winning the 2008 IPL, reckons the pressure will be on Sanju Samson & Co. as they are heading into the game on the back of a seven-wicket defeat in Qualifier 1 to Gujarat while Bangalore come into the match after defeating Lucknow Super Giants by 14 runs in the Eliminator.

“I think the challenge will be on Rajasthan Royals after their disappointing loss against Gujarat Titans (in Qualifier 1). They must be hurt. Can they pick themselves up? RCB on the other hand are on a high. They’ll be keen to turn it around and put back a high skill level in the game. So, I agree with Ravi that we are going to have a cracker of a game on Friday night,” concluded the former left-handed batter.