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Cricket Meets With IPL’s Lalit Modi In Dubai
Feb. 11th, 2010
Following many months of communication between USA Cricket CEO Donald
Lockerbie and the Indian Premier League (IPL) Chairman and Commissioner
Lalit Modi - the two cricket officials met today in Dubai with members
of their respective teams to move forward a strategic partnership
aimed at bringing IPL teams and matches to the United States.
Picture A: (l to r) Ahmed Jeddy, Nabeel Ahmed, USA Cricket,
Lalit Modi, IPL, Don Lockerbie, USA Cricket and Sundar Raman,
IPL. Photo credit: © Daniela Zaharia/USACA
Picture B: (l to r) Sundar Raman, IPL, Nabeel Ahmed, USA Cricket,
IS Bindra, ICC, Don Lockerbie, USA Cricket and Ahmed Jeddy,
USA Cricket. Photo credit: © Daniela Zaharia/USACA
In holding this
historic meeting - the two parties hope to end media speculation
about the seriousness of the Modi-led IPL’s interest in the
USA marketplace and work to establish plans for future editions
and versions of the T20 league in future American venues.
The result of the Dubai meeting should solidify the potential for
IPL teams to begin play in America as early as 2011 - with modified
versions of the fastest growing sports league in the world also
on the radar for the USA. Both parties agreed to work together on
a master plan to bring the IPL to the USA and will meet again in
May 2010 to form a working group and move the process along.
The two men discussed the infrastructure issue and importance of
developing cricket stadia in the USA as well as for the Americans
to bid for future events such as the IPL-inspired Champions League.
Also on the agenda was a discussion regarding the future for top
American cricketers to play in the IPL.
Lockerbie said after the meeting - “Lalit and I share a common
bond - whilst he was attending Duke University at Durham, NC, I
was coaching Track & Field at arch-rival University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill just eight miles away. He knows the American
landscape and its competitive importance in the world to marketing
any great product. The IPL is a powerful new product in the sports
industry and we will work hard to see USA Cricket and the IPL succeed
together and energize the growth of Cricket in the USA.
Attending the meeting was IPL Chief Operating Officer Sundar Raman
and from the USA Cricket Association – 1st Vice President
Nabeel Ahmed, board member Ahmed Jeddy, and media liaison Daniela
Zaharia. Prior to the meeting with Mr. Modi, the USACA group met
with Mr. Raman and ICC Principal Advisor IS Bindra, to establish
talking points and initial agreements. The meetings were held prior
to the IPL General Counsel session, today in Dubai.