What he said:
"England have been losing for the last 10 years, most of their teams, and at football also. So therefore we’re absolutely happy because we want cricket to grow in England."
New IPL Chairman, Rajeev Shukla, is a jolly good fellow.
Shukla’s horizons have broadened since ascending the BCCI ladder. The IPL chief believes that the recent victory over India at home will benefit English sport.
“As far as the fans were concerned they were not very happy, but in games, defeat and victory go together, you lose and you win, that happens."
Ironically, Shukla is troubled about the deleterious effect of IPL on Test cricket:
The effect IPL is having on Test cricket is also our concern. That is why we are doing our level best to promote Test cricket now.
We are playing more Test matches, there will be a focus on the Tests. We need to promote all three forms of the game and we are not thinking only from the position of money. There may be more money in Twenty20, more money in one-day, but it does not mean that we should compromise with Test cricket.
We are thinking that we should organise more Test matches in B towns because in the populated metropolises people are always in a hurry, they’re busier, they want Twenty20, they want the one-dayer. But in B grade cities in India where they hardly get any international cricket but still have large populations, if a Test match is organised people will want to watch it.
What he really meant:
“We don’t mind losing on the field; we’re winning in the board room.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“I’m just learning the ropes; that’s the best positive spin I can put on an unmitigated disaster of a tour.”