England's county cricket club Surrey, which has it's base at the Oval in London, has shown interest in hosting some matches of the grand Indian Premier League. The club has said revealed that they would require millions of pounds to recover from the financial losses they encountered during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a report in Daily Mail, senior officials of Surrey are hoping to host some IPL teams for matches at the historic Kia Oval as well as other grounds. The report also added that as soon as the pandemic situation improves, they are intending to host the matches.
"We would love to bring the IPL to London and other areas of England," Surrey chairman Richard Thompson told Daily Mail. "We think that's the silver bullet in terms of reaching a more diverse audience for cricket in this country.
"We could stage games in the same way Jacksonville Jaguars, for one, play legitimate NFL games in London. The windfalls that staging the Champions Trophy and World Cup provided for English cricket were huge and we see the IPL on that level," he added.
"This could be worth tens of millions to the English game. We have all lost so much money through Covid that we have to be more creative and provide cricket that generates the revenue you wouldn't otherwise have made. That's why I think IPL is a no-brainer."
However, it is still unclear whether they have approached the BCCI on the matter.