Hampshire chief govt David Mann harassed he and majority shareholder Rod Bransgrove will “protect the legacy we’ve built” amid hypothesis the membership may very well be bought to an Indian Premier League group.
Bransgrove is broadly credited for rescuing Hampshire from the brink of chapter when he first joined in 2000 and oversaw a interval of nice success for the membership as chair earlier than standing down final 12 months.
It was reported final week he was in talks to promote his stake to GMR Group, half house owners of IPL franchise Delhi Capitals, and Hampshire have confirmed they’re in “detailed negotiations” with new buyers.
Mann wouldn’t be drawn on any specifics however, whereas he believes cricket should have extra funding, any deal – particularly with an Indian conglomerate – wouldn’t reshape the values of the membership.
Speaking on the announcement of the membership’s dwelling floor being rebranded the Utilita Bowl, Mann informed the PA information company: “I don’t think anyone would argue private investment in Hampshire has been a bad thing.
“There wouldn’t be a Hampshire if there hadn’t been a private investor here so I think whatever we do with investment down the track, it’s about the quality of the person that you engage with.
“The game needs more investment and is crying out for it to underpin the viability going forward. But we’re the custodians for the time being and we’ve got the interests of that at heart more than anything else.
“Rod has been for 20-odd years, I’ve been here for 15 years; we’re very, very keen to protect the legacy we’ve built so we wouldn’t do anything that would jeopardise that.”
Bransgrove led the membership’s transfer to a floor on the outskirts of Southampton, which is now a significant worldwide venue, usually hosts England matches and can stage in 2027 its first Ashes contest.
Following the top of a longstanding union with Ageas, Hampshire have discovered a brand new naming rights accomplice, agreeing an eight-year partnership with power provider Utilita believed to be price seven figures.
As nicely as pushing charitable ventures to make a much bigger impression on the area people, Mann admitted the “real clincher” was the sustainability angle by which Hampshire will try to develop into the world’s greenest cricket floor.
The first step in the direction of this ambition is the set up of 1,000 photo voltaic panels that would produce as much as 1 / 4 of the electrical energy used within the floor yearly and save the membership a six-figure sum annually.
Mann stated: “This aspiration to be the greenest venue is something we’re able to back up with real tangible assets that are going to deliver measurable returns. It’s an exciting time.
“I’m not going to say we’ll be net zero by 2040, I want us to say something that we can back up with hard data and reducing your actual energy use by a quarter is hard data.
“Over time, if we can make other improvements to make another big hole in that, that’s how we’ll be able to say that we’re unique and doing stuff that nobody else is doing.
“We’ve got a massive footprint here as well – there’s 200 acres on the Utilita Bowl site so we can do things with tree planting, how we collect and use water and a whole range of other things.”