The ECB to offer IPL franchises a stake in The Hundred teams?
According to the latest reports, the ECB and the England is offering IPL franchises a stake in The Hundred teams. The offer for Indian council to have a share of Asian television rights
Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the England is reportedly offering the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises a stake in The Hundred teams. To attract star players to participate in the upcoming tournaments, the board has apparently decided to offer the Indian council a share of Asian television rights. The Indian Premier League is set to be back for its next edition from April 9. The mega event was schedule to take place last however, its postponed due to pandemic outspread.
The talks between the England and Wales Cricket Board and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are currently underway and it is said that nothing has been finalised as of yet. But it is learned that their talks might yield positive results. According to a latest report by The Telegraph, the talks made quite a bit of progress when Ian Watmore, the chairman of the ECB, and Tom Harrison, the chief executive of the ECB were in Ahmedabad during India’s last Test against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium. Reportedly for a very long time the ECB has been wanting to stitch the bonds with the India.
For the unversed, Virat Kohli during India’s tour of England in 2018 had informed Wisden Cricket Monthly that it was frustrating, but sometimes it can get very demanding. “I’m already very… I wouldn’t say frustrated but sometimes it can get very demanding of you when you have to play so much cricket regularly. I feel somewhere the commercial aspect is taking over the real quality of cricket and that hurts me,” said Kohli.
He had mentioned further, “I don’t want to be a testing sort of a cricketer for any new format. I don’t want to be someone who’s going to be part of that World XI who comes and launches the 100-ball format. I love playing the IPL, I love watching the BBL, because you’re working towards something, competing against high-quality sides and it gets your competitive juices flowing. That’s what you want as a cricketer. I’m all for the leagues but not to experiment.”
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