BCCI Wants To Host The IPL 2020 Season In The UAE
The BCCI has opted to make the United Arab Emirates the prime venue for the 2020 Indian Premier League Season according to Deccan Chronicle. The UAE has a significantly lower trend of coronavirus cases than the other options available. Therefore, the IPL 2020 season could take place in the UAE.
The World T20 has been postponed by the ICC and Cricket Australia. This event will likely be moved to a slot between February and March 2021. As a result, the BCCI now want to play IPL 2020 in the UAE instead to make up for this timeslot.
What The IPL Chairman Said
The Indian Premier League chairman Brijesh Patel said in a statement that ” The BCCI has started conversations about hosting the IPL 2020 season in the UAE with the government. We are now waiting for permission to be able to schedule our plans in that time period and are hoping for the government to give us the green light.”
“The dates have not yet been fully decided. Instead, we will host a group meeting within the next two weeks and finalise them than upon permission. The Indian Premier League was always going to be hosted at some point in time. It could not be hosted in its normal timeslot during the March-May window. This was because the coronavirus threat was too high.
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Sourav Ganguly And Hosting IPL 2020 In The UAE
Now that the threat is significantly lower, the BCCI have looked to step up their pursuit of hosting IPL 2020 in the UAE. Sourav Ganguly stated that they would look to make sure that the IPL season would go ahead. The financial costs of not hosting an IPL this year would be far too high for the BCCI.
The BCCI had considered other countries such as South Africa, New Zealand and even Sri Lanka – who had offered to host the IPL 2020 instead of UAE. However, the time frame for the UAE models India and therefore is most likely to be the best option. India has previously hosted the IPL in South Africa but that was in the 2009 season. The 2014 season was partly hosted in the UAE and therefore that was declared as the best option.
The Mumbai Indians won the IPL 2019 and will be looking to defend their title. Teams could play spin-heavy attacks and batsmen who prosper versus spin on slow pitches. Taking a cue from the Pakistan Super League might not be a bad idea. The Quetta Gladiators won the 2019 Pakistan Super League under Sarfraz Ahmed’s captaincy.
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