IPL 2020 to be held in UAE

The Indian Premier League is all geared up to return to UAE for the second time after it hosted the first leg back in 2014.

IPL 2020 to be held in UAE

The Indian Premier League is all geared up to return to UAE for the second time after it hosted the first leg of 2014 edition due to the general elections being held in India that year. However, this time, due to a large number of coronavirus cases in the country, the 13th season of the IPL will be played in the UAE.

The BCCI had no option left but to take the tournament outside of the country. At first, the confusion was between whether it would be UAE or Sri Lanka, both of which were looked at potential places to host the IPL with UAE more or less controlling the spread of the coronavirus, while Sri Lanka is one of the least affected countries by COVID-19.

Brijesh Patel, President of the IPL Governing Council, speaking to the media, stated, "We were waiting for the ICC T-20 World Cup to be postponed. We have sought permission from the Government of India after the ICC announced this. We hope to get permission,” informed Patel. The tournament will be played at three venues in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Patel clarified that the decision to allow fans to participate in the tournament was made by the UAE government.

The IPL this year was scheduled to start on March 29. However, given the situation in the country with regards to the coronavirus pandemic, the BCCI postponed the tournament till April 15. Even after this, as the situation was not under control, the competition was postponed until further notice. However, if the tournament is cancelled, the BCCI is said to lose ₹4,000 crores. In order to prevent this, the BCCI was building a front to host the tournament at the end of the year

In 2014 the first 20 matches of the league were played in the UAE split across three venues - Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah Cricket Stadium. While Sharjah hosted six matches, Dubai and Abu Dhabi hosted seven each.

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