The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), chairman Brijesh Patel stated.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has zeroed in on UAE and has written to the government seeking permission to hold the tournament in UAE and are awaiting the go-ahead, Cricbuzz reported.
“We have written to the government seeking permission to host the tournament in UAE,” Patel told Cricbuzz.
“The dates have not been finalised as yet and will be decided at the (next) IPL GC, which will be held in the next seven or ten days.”
The IPL was scheduled to begin in late March 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. BCCI were looking for alternatives in order to host the cash-rich tournament later in the year in India.
The Board got requests from several countries – Sri Lanka, New Zealand ad UAE, among others – to host the tournament. Last month, the Emirates Cricket Board had offered to host the tournament in UAE, stating that they had the required infrastructure for it.
Patel has insisted that the option of hosting the tournament in India hasn’t been eliminated as yet, Cricbuzz reported. The decision will be taken in the upcoming IPL Governing Council meeting.
T20 World Cup Postponed:
Earlier The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has a cleared route to host the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2020 after the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed the postponement of T20 World Cup 2020 on Monday.
After weeks of deliberation, the ICC said on Monday said the ‘decision to postpone the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup was taken after careful consideration of all of the options available’ and its ‘number one priority has been to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in the sport’ in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The ICC also said that its member nations ‘now have the clarity they need around event windows to enable them to reschedule lost bilateral and domestic cricket’.