IPL 2023: Saudi Arabian League is the next game Saudi Arabia plans to enter after hosting Formula One races, controlling Newcastle United, signing Cristiano Ronaldo and marketing the competitive LIV golf course.
According to Australian media reports, the Indian board and the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises will join a league that is allegedly being organized by the Saudi Arabian government, and the BCCI is reportedly changing its policy to release players for foreign leagues. Will change.
Saudi Arabia is reportedly looking to set up a high-paying T20 tournament backed by the owners of the Indian Premier League and the BCCI. Indian cricketers, who are currently banned by the BCCI from participating in overseas T20 tournaments, may be allowed to take part but there are growing fears that cricketers, especially those nearing retirement, may be overpaid. Wali may give up his international commitments to participate in the T20 league.
New Zealand stars Trent Boult and Martin Guptill were released from their national contracts in a historic deal to focus on T20 franchise cricket.
Saudi Arabian league with IPL teams?
Australian media reported that the Gulf country had already held discussions with IPL franchises, but six out of ten IPL team owners were unaware of the offer. A BCCI source also claimed to be unaware of the establishment of such a league in Saudi Arabia. It should be noted that no Indian player in the current generation has played in any international league.
Saudi Arabia and ‘Sportwashing’
The Saudi government and business have recently engaged with international sports and athletes, but critics claim this is an attempt at ‘sportswashing’ human rights abuses and environmental hardships. Aramco’s relationship with the ICC has come under criticism, but the ICC has persevered with the Saudi corporation.
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