Good Sports: London Hopes to Attract IPL
The NFL, NBA and MLB have all played games in London, and now the city hopes to attract the Indian Premier League. London Mayor Sadiq Khan is working with Surrey County Cricket Club to bring IPL matches to the city.
“I’m really keen to see sport come to London so we can be the undisputed sporting capital of the world,” Khan told the Press Association. “I’m keen to see (Virat) Kohli coming to London, not just with the India team this summer but to come with his team: Bangalore. I’d love to see Chennai here with (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni or Mumbai with (Rohit) Sharma.”
Just as Atlanta Falcons fans will travel to London this fall to be tourists for a few days and also watch their favorite team in person, Khan believes IPL matches will attract fans from Europe and North America. But the U.K. itself has plenty of cricket fans who will scoop up tickets.
“There are big, big cricket fans who are desperate to see IPL in London,” Khan said. “Indians love London, London loves India; it’s what I call a win-win.”
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