On Sunday, the BCCI has sent an acceptance letter to the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to host the Indian Premier League 2020 in the Arabic nation as confirmed by the chairman of the IPL’s Governing Council, Brijesh Patel.
Earlier IPL was scheduled to be hosted in India starting from March 29 but due to unforeseen developments resulting from Corona pandemic, the event has to be postponed.
However, later the ECB showed interest in hosting the 2020 edition of the IPL and wrote a letter regarding the same to the BCCI. Now the Indian cricket governing body has accepted the offer, which means the IPL will now take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Talking to the Khaleej Times Brijesh Patel said, “Yes, we have sent the acceptance letter to the ECB and both the boards will be working together from now on to stage the tournament.”
In 2014, a part of IPL was held in UAE due to the general elections in India. At that time, each team played 5 matches each in UAE. This experience played an important role as BCCI knows how seriously the UAE handle their hosting duties and the two boards are nurturing a strong partnership.
Further adding to the announcement, Patel, told that all the eight franchisees-Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bengaluru, Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals, Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad-will also host their training sessions in UAE and all the team a minimum period of 3 to 4 weeks to get accustomed to their surroundings.
He also made clear that all the training camps will be held in a bio-secure environment ensuring that all the precautions related to COVID-19 pandemic are enforced.
In an earlier report, Cricgully has informed you about IPL being hosted in UAE from 19 September to 8 November, pending the approval from the Indian government. The 67-year-old chairman also told ANI, “The fans will enjoy the full tournament from September 19 to November 8 and further course of action will be discussed with the franchises in the Governing Council meeting.”
The IPL schedule is made possible by the recent postponement of the ICC T20 World Cup which was supposed to be hosted in Australia from October 18. This opened a free window to host IPL this year.