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Sport Indian board seeks government nod to host IPL in UAE

15:11  21 july  2020
15:11  21 july  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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By Amlan Chakraborty

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Indian cricket board (BCCI) will seek government permission to stage this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) in the United Arab Emirates, league chief Brijesh Patel told Reuters on Tuesday.

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The Indian Premier League is likely to be held in the UAE during October and November, subject to government Once the T20 World Cup, supposed to be held over the same period, is officially postponed, the BCCI will approach the Indian government to check if they can host the IPL in India .

Monday's postponement of this year's Twenty20 World Cup, which had been scheduled to take place in Australia from Oct. 18, has presented the BCCI with a new opportunity to stage the IPL, even if it has to be in another country due to the COVID-19 crisis in India.

Cricket boards in UAE and Sri Lanka have offered to host the league considering the situation in India where the number of coronavirus cases had surged to 1.16 million on Tuesday morning, including 28,084 deaths.

"We are yet to finalise when it will begin, maybe sometime in September," IPL governing council chairman Patel told Reuters by telephone.

"They (Emirates Cricket Board) made an offer to host it but we require government permission to stage it in UAE.

"We'll discuss the issue in the next governing council meeting in 7-10 days."

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13th edition of the Indian Premier League , franchises have already been sounded out and they are busy preparing to play the league in UAE this year. foreign players head straight to UAE rather than first assemble in India , undergo quarantine formalities in this country and then follow the same in UAE .

MUMBAI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is seriously exploring the possibility of conducting the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League ( IPL ) during the September – November window, a top official told ET. However, a decision will be taken only after the ICC officially announces

The BCCI has been looking for a new window in which to stage the lucrative league, which was postponed days before it was to begin in late March, and avoid a potential $536 million loss in revenue.

Earlier this month, BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal told Reuters they would consider hosting the IPL abroad as a last resort to salvage the tournament.

The 2009 edition of the franchise-based league, which coincided with India's elections, was held in South Africa, and the UAE hosted the early matches of the tournament five years later for the same reason.

"We have played there before and they are familiar in organising international matches. They are well-equipped," Patel said.

"From a pandemic position, too, the situation is significantly better there."

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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