UAE frontrunners as IPL 2020 may head to foreign destination

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While the BCCI hasn’t decided the venue and schedule for this year’s IPL yet, UAE have been preparing themselves if in case, the cash-rich league takes place there. 2020 Indian Premier League was earlier scheduled to take place between March 29 and May 17 but it was postponed until April 15 owing to the global pandemic novel coronavirus before getting cancelled for the time being.

Image Courtesy: The National/IPL

However, the BCCI has shared that their topmost priority is to host the league. On the other hand, the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup is also expected to postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. However, the BCCI is eyeing to host the tournament at that time even if it’s outside India.

Among other places, UAE are the front-runners now which can host the tournament in September-October as the T20 World Cup 2020 slated to play between October 18 to November 15 in Australia.

As per the report in Gulf News, the BCCI are in touch with Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to prepare the venues – Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. Even, sources revealed that a few franchises have also touched base with hotels there to sort out the projected costs.

Salman Hanif, Head of Cricket & Events of Dubai Sports City (which includes the Dubai International Stadium & the ICC Academy) cited that they will do their best if the IPL is played there and also to host the Indian players if they reach there early for practice sessions.

“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,” Hanif said to the news outlet.

Team India had last practised for their South Africa series in March. However, reports suggest that few players could go to Dubai for practice sessions. Hanif said that it wouldn’t be a problem to host them.

“The practice facilities are never be going to be a problem as we have hosted multi-team events before. In the ICC complex alone, there are 38 wickets – spread over the two Oval grounds, the simulated turf wickets as well as the state-of-the-art indoor facilities in case they want to beat the heat,” Hanif concluded.

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