Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 continues to be the most lucrative T20 league in the world. Whether it is in terms of finance involved, participation of world-class players, or presence on social media, IPL remains unmatched when compared to other T20 leagues across the globe. However, things may soon change as Saudi Arabia has reportedly offered IPL owners an opportunity to set up the “world’s richest T20 league” in the country. After investing heavily in other sports like football and Formula 1, Saudi Arabia is now eyeing cricket.
Currently, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) bars Indian players from participating in leagues abroad. However, a proposal by the Saudi Arabian government to set up a new T20 league could make the Indian board change its stand on the matter.
according to a report in The AgeTalks on this topic have been going on for almost a year. But, before anything concrete can happen, the league will need to be sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Recently, ICC chairman Greg Barclay confirmed Saudi Arabia’s interest in cricket.
He added, “If you look at the other sports he has been involved in, I think cricket would be attractive to him.” “Given their advancement in the sport in general, cricket will do quite well for Saudi Arabia
Barclay said, “They are quite keen to invest in the sport, and given their regional presence, cricket would seem to be a fairly obvious move forward.”
“Our aim is to create a sustainable industry for locals and expatriates living in the Kingdom, and to make Saudi Arabia a global cricket destination,” Prince Saud bin Mishaal Al-Saud, president of the Saudi Arabian Cricket Federation, told Arab News last month.
As per reports, several representatives of the Saudi government and businesses have been seen around India’s cricketing activities, trying to get the IPL owners and the BCCI themselves involved in their planned Twenty20 league, which is neck-and-neck with the IPL. Will walk shoulder to shoulder. Conditions of financial strength.
Possibilities of staging the annual Asia Cup, the inaugural match, or even a round of the IPL in Saudi Arabia are also reportedly in the plans.
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