The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed that it has received official clearance from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to host the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). This confirmation comes only a day after BCCI got the nod from the Indian government to stage the IPL in the UAE, which had hosted the first leg of IPL in 2014, from September 19 to November 10.
“We feel extremely privileged to host what could be considered the pinnacle-event of our favourite sport. The magnitude of being in a position to bring the IPL to the vast cricket-loving global community, during current events which have greatly impacted our daily lives, is one we take with extreme importance,” Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan,the chairman of the UAE board, said in a statement.
This year’s edition of the Twenty20 tournament was originally due to start in March and was postponed indefinably due to the outbreak of the global pandemic. The BCCI decided to move the venue of the competition as the coronavirus infection in India is rising and currently uncontainable. The matches in UAE will be held in three cities — Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Earlier, ECB had sent the proposal to the BCCI in April to host the 2020 season of the IPL shortly after Sri Lanka offers in hosting the event league while the Indian governing body finds a “safe” window. The UAE had partially hosted the event in 2014 due to the general elections in India. This edition will see a 53-day event, the longest ever IPL, though a full fixture list is yet to be released.
The eight teams will start leaving for the UAE from August 20. They will be isolated for at least six days before they can enter the bio-bubble. Reports also claim that players will be tested thrice over six days. IPL Governing Council Chairman Brijesh Patel earlier said that the training camps will be held in a bio-secure environment and “the teams need at least three to four weeks to prepare for the tournament”.
Meanwhile, the race for IPL’s major sponsorship is still ongoing as Chinese mobile-maker VIVO pulled out of title sponsorship a couple months before the tournament commence due to the negative publicity it has gained over the last few weeks amid the Indo-China tension on the border. Beverage maker Coca-Cola, Amazon India, Dream11 and ed-tech platform Unacademy are the ones in the list. look at our latest news about Oman hints cricket restart as registration for new season opens at here!
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