Former Indian skipper Anil Kumble said that he was not in favour of shifting the Indian Premier League matches from the country. The veteran cricketer said it in the Sports Hub Trivandrum at the stadium and spend time with the first batch of students of a sports coaching academy, co-supported by Kumble’s sports training and consulting company TENVIC.
“IPL is a global brand which brings in a lot of revenue to the country. It should not be shifted,” he told reporters during a visit to the Greenfield Stadium at Karyavattom in Thiruvananthapuram.
Last week, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur had hinted that IPL’s Governing Council may deliberate moving the 2017 edition abroad. IPL was twice played outside India, both in assembly election years. In 2009, it was moved for the entire duration to South Africa and in 2014 was shifted to the United Arab Emirates for the first 15 days.
This edition has seen many PILs filed by various outfits. 12 matches have been moved out of drought-hit Maharashtra on Bombay High Court’s directive after a PIL was filed claiming that a huge quantity of water was being used to maintain various cricket stadiums in the state.