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Oval could host future IPL games

Surrey have confirmed they have spoken to Indian Premier League officials about the possibility of hosting matches at The Oval, but it is a proposition they will only press ahead with if they receive the backing of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Surrey chief executive Paul Sheldon is remaining realistic in his assessment of the likelihood of such a scheme going ahead, but he is fully prepared to investigate the possibilities of making it happen.

“It is true we have spoken to certain IPL franchises about staging games here,” Sheldon said.

“If it was possible within the calendar and with the blessing of the ECB, we would certainly look at it.”

Sheldon did acknowledge the importance of taking into account a busy schedule of international and domestic fixtures however.

“Looking forward to 2009, the domestic and international calendar is very tight - so it will probably be difficult to find time for it,” he said.

“If it were possible we would be very keen to do it, but we would always work closely with the ECB.”

The inaugural IPL season was a success earlier in the year, with a Rajasthan Royals side containing the likes of Shane Warne, Shane Watson and Mohammad Kaif ultimately triumphing.

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