According to a recent report, the 13th edition of the cash-rich league is all set to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In 2009, South Africa hosted the second IPL, while the first half of the 2014 season took place across three stadiums in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah. The Twenty20 competition, due to begin on March 29, was postponed indefinitely in April due to the threats of the coronavirus pandemic.
The report claims that the tournament will be held in a tentative window between late September and November this year. The window, however, can be achieved only if the International Cricket Council (ICC) announces a postponement of the T20 World Cup, still officially scheduled between October 18 to November 15 in Australia. The ICC is yet to make any formal announcement causing the delay.
The report also said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is also looking to host a camp in UAE for their contracted players. The camp will be a short one and will assess fitness of the playersSome reports said that the camp is most likely to be held at the ICC Academy in Dubai. The BCCI is expected to announce further details after its Apex Council meeting on July 17.
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The BCCI is avoiding a massive loss of INR 4,000 crore if the cash-rich league gets cancelled. ” We will have to examine our financial situation, see how much money we have and take a call. Not hosting the Indian Premier League (IPL) will cause losses to the tune of Rs 4,000 crore which is huge. If the IPL takes place, we won’t have to go in for pay cuts. We’ll manage things,” Ganguly told reporters.
Meanwhile, the cricket officials in the UAE are optimistic about hosting the mega league. “The stadium has nine wickets on the top in case a large number of matches have to be accommodated within a smaller time-frame. We will not be scheduling any matches there to keep the wickets fresh,” Salman Hanif, Head of Cricket & Events of Dubai Sports City, quoted in an interview.
Previously, Sri Lanka Cricket (CLC) chief Shammi Silva has offered to host the eight-team league while the Indian governing body finds a “safe” window later in the year to hold the tournament. Shortly after this offer, the United Arab Emirates, which had hosted the first leg of IPL in 2014, has emerged as one of the options as the governing body received an offer from the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB)
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