IPL proposed to be hosted by UAE, BCCI sends official invitation
The 13th edition of the IPL is proposed to be held in the UAE from 19 September to 10 November. The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) on Monday confirmed the receipt of the official letter by the BCCI. However, Government of India has to approve the same.
New Delhi: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has entered into a formal agreement to host the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). However, approval will have to be obtained from the Government of India for this. The 13th edition of the IPL is proposed to be held in the UAE from 19 September to 10 November.
The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) on Monday confirmed receipt of an official letter from the BCCI. ECB Secretary General Mubashir Uthmani said in a statement, ‘We have received an official letter from the BCCI. We are now waiting for the decision of the Government of India which will finalize the agreement.’
Upon receipt of the official letter, the ECB has begun further discussions and activities with the authorities concerned to ensure the safe and successful operation of the IPL in this time of the Covid-19 outbreak. Uthmani said that a lot of work will have to be done to host this world-famous tournament.
Approval from Government of India
Brijesh Patel, Chairman of the Governing Council of the IPL, recently said that the Government of India will give approval for the IPL to be conducted in the UAE. The IPL was scheduled to be held from March 29 this year but postponed indefinitely by the BCCI due to lockdown and travel restrictions caused by coronavirus epidemic.
After the International Cricket Council (ICC) postponed the T20 World Cup in Australia from October, November to 2021, the window for the IPL became available from September to November, paving the way for the event.
Brijesh Patel, Chairman of the Governing Council of the IPL, said that the IPL will be held in the UAE from September 19, while its final will be held on November 8 or 10. However, the BCCI is awaiting approval from the Government of India. The final decision regarding the IPL will come soon. With the IPL final scheduled to be on 8th or 10th November, Indian players will have full opportunity to spend two weeks on quarantine in Australia. India will play a four-Test series in Australia from December 3.
Organising competitions in UAE
A major advantage of organising competitions in the United Arab Emirates is that the issue of quarantine is easy there. Currently, anyone traveling to the United Arab Emirates is required to have a Covid test negative prior to the flight. Once there, the test will be repeated. If the results of both tests are negative, there is no need to remain in the quarantine. However, if a person flies without any covid test, it will be mandatory to stay on quarantine.
There will be 60 matches in the IPL and in the event of the finals on 8 November, the tournament will be of 51 days. This tournament was for the last 50 days. There were two matches less in a day and the same situation has been maintained in the UAE.
Uthmani said, ‘This is a big tournament, now we need to bring experts together to discuss all aspects of hosting it in the UAE. Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah Sports Council, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah Tourism Authority, and the police force and relevant government organizations, such as the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, will be involved in assisting to conduct the IPL. Support will be sought from all organisations with experience in organising such a tournament. We make the tournament a success. We will work together to find the best way.’
Previous experience with UAE
This is not the first time the IPL is being held in the UAE. Earlier, the first 20 matches of the IPL had been played in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates due to the 2014 general elections in India.
Uthmani stressed that the ECB is in a good position to host the IPL once again with its previous experience. ‘We know very well what is required to hold the tournament’, he said. For this, all parties need dialogue, discussions and engagements right from the beginning. The UAE has world-class facilities.