After a long wait for much awaited Indian premier league has now been set to be played at UAE. The commencement of the tournament will be from 19th September and final will be played on 8th November, The official confirmation of the dates was announced by the chairman and former Indian player Brijesh Patel, it will be subject to the approval of Indian government however he said.
The schedule for IPL in this period became possible after ICC postponed the T-20 world cup which was to be played later this year in Australia, But after the global pandemic situation ICC postponed the tournament which opens the window for BCCI to look for the possibilities for the IPL schedule as international players who plays in IPL became available due to the postponed announcement of ICC. Moreover the Asia cup was also postponed recently by the Asian cricket council which was scheduled at Sri Lanka.
The BCCI is scheduled to meet this week to discuss the logistics and other arrangements for the event as they are waiting for approval from the Indian government and one they get the government nod they would discuss the rest of the preprations which also includes the frenchisees of IPL.
If all goes as planned the players will leave for the UAE mid august to initiate the practice sessions before the tournament commence and the oversees players will reach the venue and will be assembled with their respective teams.
The matches will be played at 3 venues Sharjah, Abu Dhabhi and Dubai. The UAE is also dominated with sub continent citizens who work and live their and cricket is very much popular among them and cricket matches have seen full house packed with spectators in UAE.
The BCCI has said that the decision of playing the matches with close doors or few spectators with a limited number of entries of the crowd will be entirely left on authorities of the venues of the UAE.
The BCCI said that we did have a choice between Sri Lanka which also shown the interest to host the IPL but we went with UAE
The BCCI earlier was keen to host the tournament in India itself indicated earlier the BCCI president Saurav Ganguly but steep rise in Covid cases in India closed all the possibilities to host such big tournament in India which is the 3rd worst hit country from corona virus outbreak in the world.