IPL should not be shifted out of India: Shah Rukh Khan

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IPL should not be shifted out of India: Shah Rukh Khan

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Amlan Majumdar

05/08/2016

Kolkata Knight Riders owner Shah Rukh Khan on Sunday said that shifting the IPL out of India is likely to affect the business and viewership. The movie star's statement arrives after the BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said that the IPL's governing council will consider moving IPL 10 abroad.

"Business and viewership wise India watches maximum cricket. So IPL needs to be here. The Twenty20 tournament started in India and should stay here without any doubt," Shah Rukh told CNN-NEWS 18.

The BCCI has faced a lot of legal issues this season over hosting of IPL matches in drought-hit Maharashtra, and then found themselves in trouble in Rajasthan as well. Anurag Thakur said last month, "The BCCI has become a punching bag and the rise in PILs in courts against IPL has led to huge losses. The board has suffered and the teams have suffered due to the cancellation of air tickets and hotel bookings. There is also the issue of TV crew being shifted around to new venues. In this backdrop, the IPL's governing council will meet soon to decide on the ideal venue for season 10. We will decide whether we can hold it in India or abroad. Something or the other keeps coming up, resulting in huge financial losses. It is becoming a logistical nightmare. We have to find a solution to this”.

Shah Rukh Khan, however, feels that the matches should be held where it does not cause any inconvenience to anyone. He said, "We need to continue the show wherever it is convenient for everyone”.

The Bollywood star feels that if the tournament is played in foreign shores, the teams will miss out on the opportunity to perform in front of their own fans. "Brand IPL won't get affected. But your ground is your ground. The garden of Eden is the garden of Eden! People in Abu Dhabi and South Africa are great, but you miss your own people and grounds,” Shah Rukh added.

The IPL has been played out of India in two previous seasons. In 2009, it was shifted to South Africa, while the United Arab Emirates hosted the first 14 matches of the 2014 season.

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