The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has rejected the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 champions Mumbai Indians’ plan to promote the tournament in the United States of America (USA).

CoA rejects Mumbai’s plan to promote IPL in USA

The four-times IPL champions with this plan wanted to spread their fan base to different regions of the world. The move was based on the lines of top football clubs who travel to the Asian countries before the start of the season to not only promote the game. But CoA has turned down the offer when Mumbai sought permission from BCCI to travel to the US.

Reports have emerged that Mumbai Indians wanted to grow their fan base in the western parts of the globe. They wanted to play a few practice matches with the local teams to get the local fans on board and give them an opportunity to meet the star cricketers. Mumbai Indians won the last edition of the IPL beating MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings by one run to lift their fourth title.

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Vindo Rai (Photo Credit: Web)

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“Since MI participate in a BCCI tournament, they must take written permission if they are looking at any such move. Mumbai Indians’ idea was to promote brand IPL and the game in the US and also to develop a new market for the game. The team would have headed to the US and also play a few games with local teams so as to attract cricket lovers in the region and get them up close and personal with their favourite stars,” a person in knowhow of the developments said to IANS.

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Mumbai Indians. Image Credit: IPL

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Mumbai Indians also sought permission from the CoA, but it decided not to grant permission. They even gave them the proposal of sharing the revenue, but it hardly made any change. Many Indians live in the US, and it was a way Mumbai Indians wanted to give back something to the game.

“MI even asked the CoA to provide the window as per their suitability. Playing local matches would popularise the sport as we all know that cricket is not followed much there and also, there are many Indians there and the franchise wanted to go and experiment and see how they can give back to the game,” the source concluded.