The next IPL Twenty20 extravaganza may unfold at Lord’s as well. The tournament, which had a smashing debut earlier this year, is expected to be split with five weeks of action in India and three weeks in UK where it is expected to draw in sub-continental diaspora as well as English fans.
The IPL proposal has been discussed with the English board which has evinced keen interest in the possibility of staging a part of the competition that was won last time by Jaipur Royals.
The competition is scheduled for April-May and the player auction for the second season will be held in February next year.
The IPL governing body is expected to consider the proposal for two venues when it meets on January 3 and even though the schedule and revenue model need to be finalised, the scheme is expected to go through.
It’s likely that the tournament will kick off in India and then move to the UK for three weeks before it returns to India for the final matches.
“IPL will become more of an international event and other cricket boards are also likely to be supportive. Indian interests will be safeguarded in the revenue model and the game will benefit overall,” said well-placed sources.
What organisers have to look at is whether the scheduling clashes with major fixtures in England or India.
The eight-week IPL window is any way inked into India’s cricket calender and any hitches are expected to be resolved with technical teams already carrying out a survey of facilities in England.
Given that IPL drew in top talent from across the cricketing world, adding an England leg will make the event even more high profile.
English cricketers missed out in the first edition of the game as their board held them to domestic commitments. With IPL’s impressive revenues being shared and the event being played at home, the English board could reconsider its objections.