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IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)
IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)

IPL 2021: The UAE Government Would Allow 60 Percent Attendance For 2nd Phase Of IPL 2021 At UAE

IPL 2021 received a big boost when the UAE government decided to allow 60 percent attendance at the stadiums for the second phase of the IPL 2021. This decision was taken after thorough consultations with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), as per the reports in the Telegraph.

Earlier, when the BCCI hosted the IPL 2021 in India before it got indefinitely postponed due to a bio-bubble breach, where no crowds were allowed at the venues, keeping the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in mind.

The Emirates Cricket Board are closely working the UAE government to allow fans inside stadiums during IPL 2021.
The Emirates Cricket Board is closely working with the UAE government to allow fans inside stadiums during IPL 2021.

IPL 2021: The UAE Government’s Decision To Allow 60 Percent Attendance Will Come As A Massive Boost For Players Playing IPL 2021

Likewise, no spectators were allowed to watch the games live during IPL 2020, when the entire tournament was played in the UAE. With 60 percent of the audience turning up at the stadiums, it will be a massive boost for the players while playing the IPL matches.

The BCCI had announced the entire schedule of the remainder of IPL 2021 last month. According to it, in the span of over 27 days, a total of 31 matches will be played.  Amit Mishra(DC), Sandeep Warrier, Varun Chakravarthy(KKR), and Wriddhiman Saha(SRH) contracted the virus. Chennai Super Kings’ batting coach Michael Hussey and bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji had also contracted the virus in India which led to the indefinite postponement of IPL 2021.

Fans At An UAE Stadium During IPL Photo Credit: (Twitter)
Fans At An UAE Stadium During IPL Photo Credit: (Twitter)

The second phase of IPL 2021 will commence on September 19 with a game between the Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Dubai. A total of 31 games, including the playoffs, will be played in this phase of the tournament. It will come to a close with the final on October 15. Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah are the three venues shortlisted to host the remaining IPL 2021 matches.

CSK and MI Are The First 2 Teams To Reach The UAE

Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians ©BCCI/IPL
Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians ©BCCI/IPL

Before the IPL 2021 came to an abrupt halt due to rising COVID-19 cases within the franchises, the Delhi Capitals (DC) were at the top of the table with 12 points (six wins in eight matches). CSK and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were second and third with five wins from seven games, while MI was fourth with four wins in seven matches.

The Rajasthan Royals (RR) and the Punjab Kings (PBKS) have won three games each out of seven and eight matches, respectively. Kolkata Knight Riders won just two games out of seven, while Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) got over the line only once in seven appearances and is at the bottom of the points table.

Cricket ODI World Cup Twitter
Cricket ODI World Cup Twitter

Pakistan Cricket Board Joins Hands With Sri Lanka, Bangladesh For Co-Hosting 2027, 2031 ICC ODI World Cups

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reportedly joined hands with its Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi counterparts to bid for two ICC World Cups jointly. It is also set to form a consortium with the UAE-based Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to host two T20 World Cups in the 2024-2031 cycle.

According to a report, the cricketing body intends to host the 2027 and 2031 ICC World Cups jointly with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). It is also looking to host two out of four T20 World Cups with the ECB while going solo in its bid for the 2025 and 2029 Champions Trophies.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)

Pakistan Cricket Board Intends To Host The 2027 And 2031 World Cups Jointly With Sri Lanka And Bangladesh

Pakistan hasn’t hosted a global ICC tournament since the 1996 World Cup, which was staged jointly by the PCB, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and the SLC. Pakistan was part of the South Asian Consortium for the 2011 World Cup, but its matches were withdrawn for security reasons.

BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
BCCI (File Photo| PTI)

The PCB will face stiff competition from, among other boards, the affluent BCCI, which has its sights on hosting the 2025 Champions Trophy, 2028 T20 World Cup, and the 2031 World Cup.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wants to have a partnership of sorts with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to bid for hosting two ODI World Cups in 2027 and 2031. PCB has also been in talks with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) which looks after matters in the UAE to host two T20 World Cups together.

Pakistan Cricket Board has also expressed its desire to host two Champions Trophy events on its own in the next world cricket cycle apart from the above-mentioned.

17 Boards Bid For Hosting ICC Events

Apart from the BCCI and the Pakistan Cricket Board, 15 other countries – Australia, Bangladesh, England, Ireland, Malaysia, Namibia, New Zealand, Oman, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, UAE, USA, and Zimbabwe – have presented their proposals by June 30.

The ICC had originally announced an open-bidding process which was scrapped at the eleventh hour for a less transparent choice by its own board.

Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga with the 1996 World Cup trophy. - V. V. KRISHNAN
Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga with the 1996 World Cup trophy. – V. V. KRISHNAN

The ICC’s acting chief executive Geoff Allardice explained the decision in a statement.

“The revised approach to selecting hosts for our events will give us much more flexibility to grow the game and engage new fans. There is a smaller pool of countries with the infrastructure needed to host our senior Men’s events which narrows the selection process.

“Additionally, many of our Members expressed interest in hosting Women’s and U19 events which gives us a great opportunity to stage events in established and emerging cricket nations.”

It has been 25 years that Pakistan has not hosted a global event and several factors have created this situation. The last time Pakistan hosted a World event match was the 1996 World Cup final.

The last time Pakistan hosted a World Cup event was way back in 1996. At the time, there was a joint committee formed between PCB, BCCI, and the SLC. The committee was called PILCOM (Pakistan India Lanka committee). Pakistan had got the rights to even hosting the final of the 1996 World Cup in Lahore.

IPL Franchises' Skippers
IPL Franchises' Skippers

IPL Franchises Working On Logistics After BCCI Announced That Remainder Of IPL 2021 Will Be Held In UAE

IPL franchises have started working on the logistics after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that the remaining games of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played in UAE in the September-October window. While the IPL franchises are looking to shift base to the UAE by the third week of August, a final call will be taken after discussions with BCCI on quarantine protocols among other things.

Another important focus for the remainder of the season is the availability of foreign stars as the IPL will be closely followed by the T20 World Cup. IPL Franchises are confident that the BCCI will engage in positive discussions with the foreign boards and make the foreign players available for the remaining games.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy, Image Credits: Twitter

IPL Franchises Will Book Hotel Rooms As Soon As They Have Clarity On The Protocols In Place

Speaking to ANI, an official of one of the IPL franchises said initial planning and discussions have started, but the exact time of moving to the UAE would also depend on the quarantine rules that the BCCI decides on with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and the UAE government.

“As of now, we only have the communication that the remaining part of the IPL will be held in the UAE after Saturday’s Special General Meeting. We are also aware that the BCCI office-bearers are in talks with the ECB on the plan of action and are currently in Dubai.

“So, once we have clarity on the protocols that will be in place, especially with regards to teams quarantining after reaching UAE, we can block the hotel rooms accordingly,” the official said.

Emirates Cricket Board, BCCI
Emirates Cricket Board, BCCI

One of the IPL franchises’ official said it will more or less be the same ones that the teams used last year as most IPL franchises have started their initial negotiations with the hotels in UAE and will close the hotel deals as soon as BCCI reveals travel plans.

“Talks are on and once we hear from the BCCI on the travel plan, we will close the deal with the hotel. Barring one or two teams, you can expect most of the teams to book the same hotels which they did last season because it helps as both the teams as well as the hotel staff know exactly what they are looking at when it comes to the bio-bubbles and arrangements for travel to the ground and other areas that need special focus with an eye on the COVID-19 situation,” the official explained.

It has been reported that the Board of Control for Cricket in India might cut the salaries of the foreign players if they don’t participate in the second leg of IPL.

IPL Franchise Official Concerned About Availability Of Foreign Players

Another official said the teams are focused on knowing about the availability of foreign cricketers for the remaining games as some of the boards might have T20 World Cup preparations on top of their mind and could be reluctant to leave their players for the IPL.

“What we were made aware of after the BCCI SGM is that the board will be speaking to the foreign boards and check on the availability of the foreign cricketers. We are confident that the BCCI will find the best possible solution and honestly, it is a matter of the BCCI officials speaking to the respective board officials, so we should wait to hear from the board on this.”

“Yes, if we do end up missing some of the foreign stars, that is an area which would need some attention when it comes to picking replacements as the foreign players are also integral to the teams. Team balance can go for a toss, so keeping fingers crossed on that one,” the official said.

IPL Franchises Players (Photo Source: Getty Images & Twitter)
IPL Franchises Players (Photo Source: Getty Images & Twitter)

Coming back to the travel plans, one of the IPL franchises’ official said the BCCI is expected to once again give a dateline on when teams can start reaching UAE after their meetings with the ECB and the UAE government. So, all plans would be finalized only after official communication from the board.

“If you remember, last year we were given a specific date (August 20) before which we couldn’t leave for UAE. With the tournament once again starting around September 18-19, we should be given the same kind of window to start shifting base to UAE. With the discussions with hotels already on, it shouldn’t be such a big concern. As of now, we are looking at traveling around the third week of August,” the official told ANI.

The 2020 edition saw Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders setting up base in Abu Dhabi while the rest of the teams stayed in Dubai.

As of now, England and Bangladesh players have been prohibited from taking part in the rescheduled IPL 2021. Last week, Ashley Giles, the managing director of the England men’s team had made it clear that the English players will be rested during the second leg of the mega event since they have a full schedule that includes the T20 World Cup and the Ashes.

Even Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has refrained veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and frontline pacer Mustafizur Rahman from taking part in the tournament. Meanwhile, there are no clarifications from Cricket Australia (CA) as of now.

International Cricket Council , AFP File Photo
International Cricket Council , AFP File Photo

ICC Board Meet On June 1 To Decide Fate Of T20I World Cup, FTP And Global Events

ICC Board is all set to meet virtually on June 1. Among the major points of discussion are the T20 World Cup, FTP for the 2023-31 cycle, and the future of global events, including the World Test Championship.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will seek one month’s time to decide on hosting the T20 World Cup in India in the wake of the Covid-19 when the International Cricket Council (ICC) board holds a virtual meeting on Tuesday. An array of important issues, including the Future Tours & Programmes for the 2023-31 cycle and tax issue with the Indian cricket board is also set to be discussed.

Sourav Ganguly (BCCI president), Manu Sawhney (ICC chief executive) and Jay Shah (BCCI secretary) pose with the T20 World Cup International Cricket Council
Sourav Ganguly (BCCI president), Manu Sawhney (ICC chief executive), and Jay Shah (BCCI secretary) pose with the T20 World Cup International Cricket Council

ICC Board Holds A Virtual Meeting On June 1 To Decide BCCI’s Request To Take A Month’s Time To Decide Upon T20I World cup

The BCCI, last week, confirmed that the remainder of IPL 2021 would be held in the UAE in September-October but authorized its officials to seek an extension of time from the ICC Board over deciding the T20 World Cup fate. IPL 2021 was suspended on May 4 due to positive Covid-19 cases in bio-bubbles and India has been struggling to deal with the 2nd wave of the pandemic.

While earlier, it was decided that BCCI president Sourav Ganguly will attend the meet in person, it is learned that now he will be present virtually and will only leave for the UAE on Wednesday to have discussions on the organization of IPL with Emirates Cricket Board.

Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)

There are no concrete outcomes expected at the meeting and after July 1, the BCCI will hold another SGM. The ICC Board is likely to make a formal announcement of its final decision during its annual conference starting on July 18.

“The COVID-19 cases are reducing but obviously it is still not a situation where we can firmly commit to hosting the World T20. Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah are right in asking for one month’s time to decide,” a senior BCCI source privy to developments told PTI on Monday.

“Obviously, they will also get feedback from the government whether it would be prudent to host it in India. The second aspect is that you never know when the cases will rise again. Right now, the lockdown in various parts of the country is yielding some good results but as we had seen the sudden surge during IPL, the situation remains fluid,” he said.

Last month, the BCCI had picked nine venues for the T20 World Cup — New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Dharamsala, Ahmedabad, and Lucknow. The final of the multi-nation tournament was scheduled on November 13 at the world’s biggest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad.

However, one thing is clear that even if BCCI manages to host the tournament between the third week of October and the second week of November, there is no question of nine cities being allotted games.

BCCI  May Have To Forgo Close To 1000 Crore If They Fail To Arrange Tax Relief From Government

The other issue that the BCCI is facing currently is the tax waiver that the ICC Board gets for its global events. It is understood that while the BCCI is in discussion with the top government functionaries, there are no easy solutions. If BCCI can’t arrange the tax waiver from the government, it will have to forgo ICC Board revenue to the tune of USD 125 million (INR 905 crore approx).

“In this post-pandemic world and a hostile economic climate which is pretty hostile, the Indian government providing a tax relief close to Rs 1000 crore for a cricket event seems like wishful thinking,” the source said.

“But then if BCCI can pull it off, good for them. In any case, we are not likely to give up on our hosting rights even if it is held in the UAE,” the BCCI source added.

The FTP for the next eight years between 2023 to 2031 will also be discussed with provision for the flagship ICC events apart from the bilateral series.

“Obviously due to the pandemic, every cricket board has lost money and the bilateral events are the way forward to recover the costs. In any case, currently rested ICC CEO Manu Sawhney’s proposal of a marquee ICC event every year was red-flagged by the ‘Big Three’ much earlier.”

“They need to look after the financial health of their boards,” the official further added.

BCCI, T20I World Cup
BCCI, T20I World Cup. Getty Images.

Also, the future of the World Test Championship will also be discussed after a much curtailed first edition due to the pandemic. ICC chairman Greg Barclay, a few months back, had expressed his apprehensions about the future of the tournament but a lot of people believe that its prospects can’t be judged in a year where there was a global crisis.

“Women’s game is the next big thing and T20 is a tool to popularise women’s game globally,” the board source said.

The ICC Board will also discuss a strategy for the global growth of the game with special emphasis on women’s cricket. India’s participation in the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games has given ICC Board a big boost along with BCCI’s in-principle approval to take part in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. The ICC Board wants to spread the game equally in 104 countries.

Rajeev Shukla Ron Gaunt/SPORTZPICS
Rajeev Shukla Ron Gaunt/SPORTZPICS

Rajeev Shukla Hints Remainder Of IPL 2021 Could Start On 19th September And Conclude On 10th October

Rajeev Shukla, BCCI vice-president has arrived in the UAE to lay the groundwork for the remaining leg of IPL 2021, while president Sourav Ganguly, Jay Shah, and IPL chairman Brijesh Patel will reach the country soon, according to a report.

The IPL 2021 was suspended midway due to few positive cases in certain teams, on May 4. Now it is expected to start in mid-September.

Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Rajeev Shukla: Fine With Any Decision By Emirates Cricket Board To Invite Spectators Or Not

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) held the virtual Special General Meeting (SGM) on Saturday and the resumption of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the hosting of the T20 World Cup was discussed there.

“I am already here. Now a team of BCCI office-bearers, president (Sourav Ganguly), secretary (Jay Shah) and the IPL chairman (Brijesh Patel) will be coming here in a couple of days,” Rajeev Shukla told Khaleej Times.

“We will be having discussions with the cricket board here and the other authorities. And accordingly the schedule will be made, so the tournament happens in a very smooth manner as it happened here last year,” Rajeev Shukla added.

Rajeev Shukla informed that the decision to invite spectators for the matches lies in the hands of the Emirates Cricket Board. For now, 29 matches of the IPL 2021 are done, and 31 matches remain now.

“The only issue is about the spectators, whether they will allow the spectators or not. So we will talk to them about that. We will go by whatever UAE authorities decide,” Rajeev Shukla further stated.

File photo | Twitter/Rajeev Shukla
File photo | Twitter/Rajeev Shukla

“If they say it’s with spectators, and certain percentage of spectators, we are fine. Or if they say without spectators, that is also fine with us. There is no problem.”

The IPL is expected to begin on September 18, four days after India’s Test series in England gets over. While the same bio-bubble will be used for IPL, some of the foreign stars are expected to miss the tournament.

“We have discussed that (foreign players) issue also. Our main focus is on completing this edition of the IPL. It should not be left halfway through. So whichever foreign players are available is fine. Whoever is not available, it is not going to stop us from hosting the tournament,” Shukla stated.

“The Indian players are there, foreign players are there, but few foreign players will not be available. As I said, we have to complete our tournament. So the franchises will definitely look for other players. Whoever is available, we are going to have the tournament with them. That’s our policy.”

He also said that the players will be vaccinated before the tournament starts.

“Whatever, Covid protocols (on vaccination) are required, we will be following those protocols, the Indian protocols as well as the UAE protocols,” Rajeev Shukla said.

Also, the franchises are happy with the way things are being planned.

“They are all very happy. From day one, they have been backing the UAE. There were some media reports about England (hosting the remaining matches), but there’s a weather problem in England where it rains a lot,” he said.

“Also, we have got about 20 days to complete the tournament. Even if we start on September 19, by the 10th of October we have to finish it. Then there’s a T20 World Cup (October-November) also. So keeping the weather in mind and the top-class facilities, the UAE was the best option.”

There are 31 remaining matches in the IPL 2021. It will be the first time that the IPL will be held in UAE for two consecutive years.

Rajeev Shukla: BCCI Seeking Some Time A Month Or So To Decide Hosting T20 World Cup In India Or UAE

He also made a big revelation about the T20 World Cup.

“That issue also has been deliberated. Our first choice is India. So we will be seeking some time from the ICC, a month or so, to decide about it,” Rajiv Shukla maintained.

T20 World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)
T20 World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“If towards the end of June or maybe, the first week of July, the situation is not good there (India), then obviously it (T20 World Cup) will come to the UAE. If the situation improves (in India) and we are able to host it, then we will be hosting there (in India).”

With regards to the forthcoming T20I World Cup, the source informed it was unanimously decided that with more than 4 months remaining for the event, BCCI will seek time till the end of June or the beginning of July to take a call on hosting the tournament.

The Dubai International Stadium. - BCCI/IPL
The Dubai International Stadium. - BCCI/IPL

BCCI During Its SGM Formally Decides The Unfinished Part Of IPL 2021 Will Be At UAE

BCCI during its Special General Meeting, formally decided that the unfinished part of the Indian Premier League 2021 will be held in the United Arab Emirates.

The move to stage the IPL in the UAE was largely expected. As reported earlier, the BCCI has already had an informal agreement with the Emirates Cricket Board. The remainder of IPL 2021 has been moved to the UAE and BCCI has earmarked a window in September and October this year to conduct the matches.

BCCI Image-Twitter/ BCCI
BCCI Image-Twitter/ BCCI

BCCI Formally Decides To Stage The Remainder Of IPL 2021 In UAE

The formal decision was taken on Saturday (May 29) to move the remainder of IPL 2021 to the UAE – in view of the bad weather (monsoon) in India around September-October, when it wants to host the remaining 31 IPL games.

The biggest obstacle to host the tournament will be the non-availability of overseas players, and the Indian board has decided that the franchises will be told to take replacements, both from India and overseas, to refurbish their line-ups. England and Wales Cricket Board has already stated that it won’t release its players for the unfinished part of IPL while Cricket Australia is yet to come out with its position on the matter. A meeting with the IPL franchises will happen at some stage.

IPL Trophy.
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The spike of positive cases in the bio-bubble had already resulted in the postponement of two IPL games. Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier (both KKR), Laxmipathy Balaji, Michael Hussey (both CSK coaches), Amit Mishra (Delhi), and Wriddiman Saha (Hyderabad) tested positive during IPL 2021 prompting organizers to indefinitely postpone IPL after 29 matches were held.

Later KKR’s Tim Seifert and Prasidh Krishna also tasted positive but all of them have hence recovered. Last year, the BCCI hosted the entire edition of the cash-rich tournament successfully in the Middle East, across three venues – Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai.

BCCI Seekd Time Till 1st Week Of July From ICC For Decision To Stage T20I World Cup In India

The board also decided to seek time till the first week of July from the International Cricket Council for a decision on staging the T20 World Cup in India. The ICC has slated its meeting on June 1 to decide on the matter, but the world body may have to defer the decision on moving the October 18-November 15 tournament out of India in view of the BCCI’s request. The BCCI thinks that it will explore all possibilities to host it in India itself.

During the meeting, it was also decided that the BCCI will pursue talks with the government over tax concession for the upcoming T20I World Cup, and it was calculated that the BCCI will have a liability of INR 900 crores if it failed to get the exemption. Considering the financial liability and the constantly evolving grieve Covid-19 situation in the country, the BCCI will take a call on staging the T20 World Cup. For the time being, it would tell the ICC to grant another month’s time.

Sourav Ganguly- Twitter
Sourav Ganguly- Twitter

Meanwhile, the issue regarding payments to domestic players, who were supposed to be compensated after several tournaments were not hosted, and was not discussed in the SGM. One of the associations even raised this issue for discussion but was turned down by Sourav Ganguly and Rajeev Shukla, stating that it was not a part of the agenda.

The meeting was also a huge assertion for Mohammed Azharuddin, who was allowed to attend it ahead of Shivlal Yadav, who in turn was nominated in a faction-ridden Annual General Meeting of the Hyderabad Cricket Association. The meeting, held virtually, decided to allow Mohammed Azharuddin after the legal department of the BCCI concluded that the claim of the former India captain is genuine.

Sourav Ganguly (BCCI president), Manu Sawhney (ICC chief executive) and Jay Shah (BCCI secretary) pose with the T20 World Cup International Cricket Council
Sourav Ganguly (BCCI president), Manu Sawhney (ICC chief executive) and Jay Shah (BCCI secretary) pose with the T20 World Cup International Cricket Council

ICC Puts The UAE As Standby Venue For The 2021 T20I World Cup

ICC has reportedly put UAE as the venue for this year’s T20 World Cup on standby, seeing India witnessed an unprecedented Covid-19 surge.

The rising Covid-19 cases in India could jeopardize the country’s hopes of hosting the T20 World Cup this year. While questions have been raised over the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s decision to continue organizing the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 amid an unprecedented rise in the number of Covid-19 cases, doubts over the T20 World Cup happening this year in India have also started to emerge.

IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

ICC Puts UAE On Standby In Case India Can’t Organize T20I World Cup Amidst Rising Covid-19 Cases

As per a report in Dailymail, the United Arab Emirates has been put on standby by ICC as the venue for this year’s T20 World Cup in a scenario where the current covid-19 situation in India makes organizing the tournament in the country difficult. Although the showpiece event is almost about 6 months away, the ICC is preparing itself for all possible scenarios.

T20 World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)
T20 World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The T20 World Cup was supposed to happen last year in Australia but was postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak worldwide. The second wave of the virus, however, is causing utter chaos in India, with the country reporting over 3,50,000 cases on a daily basis.

UAE Has Less Population And BCCI Has A Good Rapport With Emirates Cricket Board While Hosting IPL 2020 There

UAE has a considerably less population when compared to India which makes organizing a tournament of the magnitude of the T20 World Cup amid Covid fairly convenient. The BCCI has a good rapport with the Emirates Cricket Board, having also held the 2020 edition of IPL in UAE across three venues.

Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi was one of the 3 venues in IPL 2020
Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi was one of the 3 venues in IPL 2020 SHEIKH ZAYED STADIUM, ABU DHABI – TWITTER /JAY SHAH

The board decided to organize the 2021 edition of the IPL in India after the Covid surge had calmed down to a large extent. However, just days before the tournament began, the country was struck by the second wave of the virus, the result of which has so far been devastating.

India had proposed 9 venues for the T20 World Cup this year. An ICC delegation is also currently in the country for the same. The BCCI intends to hold the final of the T20 World Cup at the Motera Stadium, the world’s largest cricket stadium, where a few international and IPL matches have already been held.

India was confirmed as the hosts for ICC T20 World Cup 2021. On the other hand, Australia will host the marquee event in 2022.

The T20 World Cup which was scheduled to be held in Australia from October 18, 2020, was postponed in July due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making way for the cash-rich IPL 2020 in the United Arab Emirates. The T20 World Cup in 2021 will be the seventh edition of the tournament and the first since 2016.

IPL, IPL 2020, title sponsorship, Tata sons
IPL (Credits: Twitter)

IPL 2020: Emirates Cricket Board Confirms Receiving Official Clearance From BCCI

IPL 2020 will be held in UAE as Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed receiving official clearance from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to host the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) which will start on 19th of September and conclude on 10th November after running for 53 days.

The tournament was earlier postponed from March 2020 due to Covid-19 but will finally be held in the UAE as BCCI moved it outside India due to strict lockdowns imposed in states and stringent measures taken by the government like quarantine periods which implicated the BCCI to move tournament abroad.

Emirates Board

IPL 2020 Will Be Highest Profile Cricketing Event Ever Held In UAE

This will not be the first time in UAE as in the seventh edition in 2014, 20 matches were held in the UAE at three different venues Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, but the tournament then returned to India. The remaining of that IPL 2014 with 36 games and 4 playoffs were held in India.

“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 Mabaraj Al Nahayan, Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Chairman of the emirates Cricket Board said in an official statement.

” This is undoubtedly the highest profile cricketing event to be held in the UAE and our team will continue to support all facets (of the tournament) and work toward delivering a successful event for the enjoyment of all sports fans; here in the UAE,in India and across the world,”he added.

IPL 2020, BCCI, Arun Dhumal
IPL 2020 Image Credits: BCCI

The IPL 2020 will be held in three venues in the Emirates namely Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai.

“The UAE is well versed in delivering successful events sporting and lifestyle and we remain in very close contact with the BCCI, IPL communities, the UAE Government and Ministries, our Health Authority,as well as many other entities,who are all experts in their respective fields and it is our collective intent that the tournament is played in a safe,enjoyable environment. We extend our sincere thanks to everyone who has worked tirelessly to  bring ‘IPL 2020’ to the UAE,” added Al Nahayan.

IPL 2020, unlike IPL 2014, will be completely held in the Emirates as the boards will try to ensure that the tournament will be safely conducted amidst the global crisis.

IPL 2020 Will See 53 Matches With 10 Double Headers

IPL chairman had confirmed that the government approved the cricket board to go ahead with IPL at UAE and also commented that both afternoon and evening matches will take place half an hour earlier than usual.

“IPL 2020 will be played from September 19 and the final will be played on November 10,2020. The 53 day tournament will witness 10 afternoon matches starting at 15:30 IST while the evening matches will start at 19:30 IST,” the BCCI release had stated.

IPL, IPL 2020, ECB
IPL Trophy. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

BCCI and Vivo parted ways as the later suspended title sponsorship rights due to outcry for boycotting Chinese products which were mainly due to 20 Army personals including a Colonel killed in the violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in June. Also, major Chinese applications of mobile phones were banned and there are calls for boycotting all Chinese products in the aftermath of Covid-19 which spread from China.

IPL 2020 final will be played on a weekday, Tuesday, for the first time in IPL history. IPL was played from 2008, and in 2009 and partly 2014 mainly due to elections, IPL tournaments were held abroad in South Africa and UAE respectively.

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UAE Extremely Proud Of Its Relationship With India, Says ECB Ahead Of Hosting IPL 2020

As UAE gear up to host the much-anticipated season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) has stated that the country is proud of its relationship with India. On Sunday, the IPL Governing Council confirmed UAE as the venue for this year’s IPL due to the coronavirus pandemic. As of now, the BCCI is waiting for the Indian government’s permission to shift the tournament outside the country.

Hosting the IPL in India was BCCI’s first priority but they are compelled to move to UAE because of the alarming coronavirus situation in the country. UAE had previously expressed their desire of hosting the tournament. Along with UAE, Sri Lanka had also given BCCI the offer to host IPL 2020. However, the BCCI eventually picked UAE as the venue for the cash-rich tournament.

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                                                                           Mumbai Indians are the defending IPL champions (Credits: Twitter)

Ahead of hosting this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), the government in UAE and the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) have said they consider BCCI’s decision ‘a very big and an exceptionally important move’. The thirteenth edition of the tournament is scheduled to be played in the UAE as the BCCI awaits the clearance from the Indian government.

Earlier, the ECB as well as Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had expressed their desire of hosting the IPL as the coronavirus situation in India kept deteriorating. The BCCI eventually picked UAE as the venue for the IPL 2020. The much-anticipated season will start from September 19 and end on November 10, the IPL Governing Council announced on Sunday.

ECB are absolutely delighted with the BCCI’s decision of conducting the IPL in India. And ahead of the tournament,  Khalid Al Zarooni, the vice-chairman of the ECB, has opened up on the relationship between India and UAE. Al Zarooni said that the relationship between the two countries is great and UAE are proud of that.

“The IPL aside, our relationship with the Indian government, the Indian public and Indian trade is also an important aspect of our history, one that we are extremely proud of. Such support between our countries can only benefit our relationships in the future,” he told The Times of India.

UAE is not new to hosting IPL. In 2014, they had hosted the initial phase of the competition due to the general elections in India. However, hosting the tournament during a pandemic is a very different as well as difficult task. UAE is expecting an influx of visitors in excess of 1400 for IPL 2020. But Al Zarooni made it clear the country is ready for that.

“All UAE Airports are very highly effective facilities that excel in passenger processing and experience. We are one of the world’s leading benchmarks for travel and safety to the highest standard; we have all confidence that any traffic flows through the UAE airports will be managed at the highest level,” he said.

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