IPL teams want workshop venue shifted from London to Dubai

Mumbai Indians Pepsi IPL Champions celebrate during the final of the Pepsi IPL 2015 (Indian Premier League) between The Mumbai Indians and The Chennai Super Kings held at Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata, India on the 24th May 2015. Photo by: Shaun Roy / SPORTZPICS / IPL

The managements of five Indian Premier League (IPL) teams have asked the Indian cricket board to shift the venue for the annual workshop from London to a place closer home. Dubai is one of the preferred destinations for the January 8-9 workshop as it will cut travel time while the lower cost of going to the gulf region will mean more officials from each franchise can attend the workshop, which has proven to be useful in the past.

It is reliably learnt that five franchises – Kolkata Knight Riders, Rising Pune Supergiants, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab – have asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to change the venue.

“Many franchises have written to BCCI saying they don’t want London to be the venue. Instead they want Dubai or another destination, which takes not more than four hours to reach. The BCCI is going to look into this request,” a BCCI official said.

Team officials The Indian Express spoke to said that they had met BCCI chief executive officer Rahul Johri a few weeks ago and explained their reasoning behind the demand to shift the venue of the workshop from London. “Workshops have been quite productive during previous years. For obvious logistical and expense-related reasons, we will have to limit the number of people we can take to London. The more people attend it, the better it is for us. Moreover, owners too don’t want to spend eight hours flying to London from India. Dubai is the best and most convenient option,” a franchisee official said on condition of anonymity.



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