New Delhi: Sunday's match between Kings XI Punjab and Deccan Chargers had all the requisite ingredients for a thrilling contest.
But even when the match was going on, the discussion in the press box as well as the hospitality area was about the English Premier League title race.
But Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia is confident that the Indian Premier League (IPL) will also attain the same fan following. He said the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) needs to think about innovative ideas to broaden the appeal of the league.
“I hope the league becomes as popular as the English Premier League in the near future but the BCCI should now think of taking the tournament to the next level. As one of the stakeholders of this league, it has been an amazing five years,” Wadia told MAIL TODAY.
However, the legal wrangling with BCCI and the financial problems have left a bitter taste in his mouth.
“Yeah, it was a pretty tough situation for the franchise and the court case with BCCI did have a negative impact on the brand. At one point, I did consider getting out of the mess but stayed on to fight it and hopefully we will be in a good position financially after this season,” the 41- year-old said.
He is also upbeat about his team’s chances of going all the way in IPL- 5.
“It’s been five years and I would love to get that trophy."
"It’s a pretty tough competition and we were unable to utilise the services of Stuart Broad. Adam (Gilchrist) has also been out for a long time but that is something which is not in our hands. But it’s good to see young players like Mandeep (Singh) and Gurkeerat (Mann) coming up and we will continue to focus on bringing up players from the catchment areas.”
Wadia also welcomed the BCCI’s move to allow the IPL franchises to play in the ICC Associate and Affiliate countries but ruled out investing in any other sport.
“It will benefit the franchises as there will be more games for them after the season and help in building our overseas fan base. As far as investing in other sports is concerned, I have my hands full with cricket,” he signed off.
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