BCCI seeks government permission to host IPL in the United Arab Emirates

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The Indian cricket board will look for the government’s consent to schedule Indian Premier League 2020 in the United Arab Emirates, league chief Brijesh Patel informed Reuters on Tuesday.

The news came out on Monday when T20 World Cup has been postponed this year which had been scheduled to take place in Australia from 18 October, this gives the Indian cricket board a chance to stage the biggest brand of cricket(IPL). According to the report claimed IPL is going to be scheduled in United Arab emirates due to the COVID-19 crisis in India.

There are different cricket boards that have offered to host the league which includes Cricket boards in UAE and Sri Lanka considering the ongoing situation in India where the number of coronavirus cases had surged to 1.16M confirmed 725K recovered including 28,084 deaths.

IPL governing council chairman Patel informed Reuters by telephone.“We are yet to finalize the date for IPL to be scheduled, maybe sometime in September,”

“They (UAE Cricket Board) made an offer to host Indian Premier League but we require government consent and authority to stage it in UAE.

“We’ll discuss the issue in the next governing council meeting in 7-10 days.”

The BCCI has been looking for a perfect schedule to stage the biggest league of India, which was postponed since late March due to the global Coronavirus Pandemic.

BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal told Reuters in the early phase of the month that they are considering hosting the IPL outside India due to a sudden increase in COVID 19 cases in India.

IPL was scheduled outside of India in 2009. The 2009 edition of the Indian Premier League, was held in South Africa due to coincide with India’s elections, and there will be a possibility that UAE will be going to schedule IPL 2020 once there will be approval from the government.

Patel added “We have played there before and they are familiar in organizing international matches. They are well-equipped,”

“From a pandemic position, too, the situation is significantly better there.”

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