Indian Premier League March 5, 2010

MCC not bidding for IPL franchise

Cricinfo staff

MCC have not put forward a bid to be part of one of the new IPL franchises after deciding their role lies in a "broader relationship" with the tournament.

Keith Bradshaw, the MCC chief executive, had previously confirmed the club were interested in taking a stake in one of the two IPL franchises that will join the existing eight from 2011.

Bradshaw, along with a committee trustee Anthony Wreford, travelled to India to talk with potential consortium members, but after an MCC committee meeting at Lord's earlier this week they won't be linking up with Lalit Modi's enterprise.

"After a healthy debate and a thorough investigation, MCC's Committee has decided to uphold the recommendation of our working party not to proceed as an equity stakeholder in a new IPL franchise." Bradshaw said. "Having said that, we will continue to discuss other ideas with the IPL and, through their support of the MCC spirit of cricket campaign, maintain a close working relationship with them.

"The world of cricket is fast-changing and there's no doubt the IPL is going to be a central part of that world for the foreseeable future. We will remain in close contact with the IPL to develop mutually beneficial opportunities."

John Barclay, MCC's president, and their head of cricket John Stephenson will attend the opening ceremony of IPL 3 in Mumbai next week.

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  • Sanks555 on March 7, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    The cricket played in IPL in crap as shown by the Champions League. Why should the MCC dirty its hands with an IPL franchise.

  • 200ondebut on March 7, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    MCC are better off out of it. IPL is run by a bunch of halfwit meglomaniacs and is a sore on the game.

  • hitesh288 on March 7, 2010, 1:55 GMT

    @TwitterJitter. MCC has no influence, neither ECB or even ICC as IPL is internal tournament authorized by BCCI. Rules and code of conducts are already written. Why would IPL listen to MCC which is another club? Also why would MCC want to influence IPL? How will this benefit MCC? This is a smoke screen as they dont have $100m to put down.

    Has nothing to do with Pakistani players, to be honest, they bought this onto themselves, why didnt they get the visa done earlier? At last minute politicians were involved and this I think influenced franchise owner. Also with their recent performance showed may be the FO were right not to spend their money on them.

  • IndianMigrant on March 6, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    Good riddance. These are the same folks who couldn't do any thing for the development of the game for the last 100 years. Uptight, tea drinking MCC folks who are relics of the past has no role to play in modern cricket. We are better off with these dinosaurs who are already irrelevant face immediate extinction. IPL or Professional Leagues are the future of cricket. Cricket is going to follow the natural evolution like other sports and become a truly franchisee based sports mainly and international matches act as complement to IPL and not the otherway round

  • SettingSun on March 6, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    Quite right, too. The MCC should be focusing its efforts and finances on opportunities closer to home rather than frittering away their money on a domestic league thousands of miles away.

  • Soji_George on March 5, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    I guess the latest rules for bidding a new franchisee are hurting many . In a way the ownership is being organized just for some huge industrialists and not just any cricket interested people. We have to see this more of a business rather than the spirited cricket that the international cricket offers. For cricket players, it became a way of financial freedom and no one can just question that attitude unless they get huge motivation to play in the first class cricket too.

  • TwitterJitter on March 5, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    @hitest288 - In framing rules, code of conduct etc. They cannot do it by being part of one of the franchises.

  • waq007 on March 5, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    i think all this happened due to behaviour of ipl organizer by not include paakistani players in the ipl

  • hitesh288 on March 5, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    How is MCC going to influence IPL? I think its more like they dont have the funds to participate.

  • Sameer-hbk on March 5, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    Now what could have scared MCC away? Must be the fact that those cheerleaders do not wear the members jackets, ties and hats or the fact that players actually hit the ball in the air or maybe cos they don't serve tea at the games enough... So not gentlemen-like this whole IPL thing...

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