Cricket fans can heave a sigh of relief! The Indian Premier League (IPL) is finally set to be held in the UAE from September to November. Brijesh Patel, the IPL governing council chairman, confirmed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has applied for permission from the Indian government, and is expected to get it soon.
Patel further stated that the BCCI was waiting for the International Cricket Council (ICC) to formally postpone the T20 world cup that was to be held in Australia this year, thereby freeing up a window for the IPL. Now that the same has been announced, a formal statement from the BCCI is also expected soon.
Although the exact dates for the the tournament haven’t been confirmed, it is likely to take place from September to November. The Indian team will later be touring Australia for a 4-test series starting December.
Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah will be the three main venues for the tournament. The decision on whether the matches will be open to the public or played behind closed doors rests with the UAE government.
The BCCI had indefinitely postponed this year’s edition of the IPL in April on account of the coronavirus pandemic, and had been exploring various possibilities since. They had originally intended to host the tournament in India, but the pandemic’s spread in the country over the last few months rendered that impossible.
This is the third instance of the IPL being moved out of the country, and the second time that it will be hosted in the UAE. The 2009 edition was moved to South Africa after security concerns were raised owing to the Lok Sabha elections in the country. In 2015, the first half of the tournament was held in the UAE for the same reason.
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