INDIA COMES TO LORD’S: MIDDLESEX PANTHERS vs. RAJASTHAN ROYALS
The announcement was made at a press conference held on Monday 1st June and attended by Keith Bradshaw – Secretary & Chief Executive of MCC, Lalit Modi – Chairman and Commissioner of the IPL, Vinny Codrington – Chief Executive of Middlesex County Cricket Club, Manoj Badale – Chairman and co-owner of the Rajasthan Royals and Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty the most recent addition to the ownership group of the Rajasthan Royals.
The day will bring the 'glamour of Bollywood' to The Home of Cricket in a celebration of the best of the Indian and English games. With the pick of Bollywood entertainment, the finest Indian and English cuisine and, of course, the best Twenty20 cricket from two teams that dominated their leagues last year, this is a must-see event. The first match in the UK to feature an IPL team is a great opportunity for British cricket fans to get a taste of the IPL excitement – cheerleaders included! It is also a chance for new cricket fans to come to Lord's and see top players such as Shane Warne, Graeme Smith, Yusuf Pathan, Munaf Patel, Tyron Henderson and Owais Shah in action.
The organisers hope the combination of these stars, and a Bollywood extravaganza with Shilpa Shetty between innings, will attract not just members of London’s large Asian population but also families and schools to come to The Home of Cricket and see the ground transformed for this historic match.
There are a range of ticket incentives for spectators:
· Adult tickets are available for only £10 to those booking before the 12th June
· Families booking two adults and one under 16 ticket will get another under 16 ticket free. Combined with the early booking discount, that is only £25 for a family of four when booked before the 12th June
For schools and cricket clubs that purchase tickets:
· For every eight children's tickets purchased, one adult ticket will be included free
Vinny Codrington, Chief Executive of Middlesex County Cricket Club said: "Middlesex are thrilled to be involved in such a prestigious charity match. We were all disappointed not to have gone to the Champions League last November, so the chance to match the 2008 champions of England and the Indian Premier League in aid of the British Asian Trust is a huge honour, and the players are really excited by the opportunity."
Manoj Badale, Chairman and co-owner of the Rajasthan Royals said: "After receiving a lot of support in South Africa, we are looking forward to coming to Lord's and the English crowds. Lord's is a really special ground, and this is a great opportunity to bring the magic of the IPL to the UK."
Keith Bradshaw, Secretary & Chief Executive of MCC said: “MCC is delighted that Lord's will be the first English ground to host an IPL team. Players like Shane Warne and Graeme Smith have graced Lord's before and it will be a great opportunity for fans to come to The Home of Cricket and see them work their magic in a Twenty20 match. Lord's is the stage the best players want to appear on and I am very much looking forward to a little piece of India coming to St John's Wood on 6th July."
Lalit Modi, Chairman and Commissioner of the IPL said: "We are delighted to see the inaugural Champions of the IPL playing against the English Champions in such an innovative event."
Shilpa Shetty, the most recent addition to the ownership group of the Rajasthan Royals said: “I am looking forward to seeing the Rajasthan Royals play in London. After the great reception we had in South Africa, I'm sure the British crowds will come out to support the Royals. To play the game at Lord's will make it extra special, and the UK is a country dear to my heart”.
Shane Warne, Captain and Coach of the Rajasthan Royals said: "There is no better place for a cricketer to play than Lord’s, and to get to play the reigning English Champions after the cancellation of last year’s Champions League is a great opportunity for the team."
Shaun Udal, Middlesex Captain said: "Some of our players have experienced the IPL first hand, and this is a great opportunity for all of the guys who missed out on the Champions League, due to last year’s terrorist attack in Mumbai."