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MCC confirm that it has held exploratory talks with a consortium bidding to buy an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise.
The Club also held talks with IPL officials to discuss its ongoing partnership to promote the MCC Spirit of Cricket campaign in the tournament. No decisions have yet been taken by MCC with regards to its deeper involvement in the IPL.
MCC’s Chief Executive, Keith Bradshaw, together with Anthony Wreford, a Club Trustee, flew to India for a weekend of fact-finding talks with a range of consortium members and IPL officials.
As a result, the Club has set up a small working party to consider these findings and report back to the MCC Committee. The MCC Committee will then ultimately decide whether or not to pursue further involvement with the IPL.
Bradshaw commented: "MCC has a proud history, is respectful of the game’s traditions and always mindful of its role as Guardian of the Laws and Spirit of Cricket.
"We would not pursue a path that we believed was contrary to the best interests of the sport or to the future health of Test match cricket.
"Undeniably, the game is changing. MCC, as an innovative, independent cricket club, wants to be at the heart of that change.
"Playing cricket is something that we have quite a bit of experience in - we compete in over 450 matches every year around the world and currently have a men’s team in the UAE and a women’s team in Trinidad & Tobago.
"The concept of MCC involvement in the IPL is something I believe is worthy of thorough investigation, and something that we’ll take to our Committee for their deliberation."
MCC - through the MCC Spirit of Cricket campaign - has partnered the Indian Premier League from its conception. The tournament adheres to the MCC Spirit of Cricket "Play Hard. Play Fair" principles and has been embraced by each franchise.