A BCCI venue inspection team visited the three venues in the United Arab Emirates that are scheduled to host the first phase of games of the upcoming Indian Premier League on Saturday and concluded that they were “happy” with the facilities.

The BCCI inspection team, consisting of M.V. Sridhar, GM — Cricket Operations, BCCI, and P.R. Vishwanathan, Curator, BCCI, visited the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, and Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

The team also visited the ICC Academy in Dubai. The primary purpose of their visit was to assess the conditions of the pitches, ground conditions, outfield and practice facilities at each of the venues. The team also inspected the facilities and arrangements that are in place for the cricketers, match officials and umpires including the condition of the dressing rooms and the medical facilities.

The team later visited the ICC Academy where a meeting was held with venue officials and curators. The guidelines and pitch requirements were elaborated at the meeting.

“We are extremely happy with the facilities at the stadiums that will be hosting the first leg of the Pepsi IPL 2014 in UAE. The infrastructure is on par with any of the leading international venues.”

“Considering the amount of cricket that these venues have seen in the recent past, the maintenance of the pitch and ground is noteworthy. We are confident that the facilities in place and the ground conditions will provide for an exciting start to the much-awaited Pepsi IPL 2014,” Sridhar opined.

The IPL kicks off on April 16 with the defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Shah Rukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders.