The Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to be commenced at the venues of UAE as the Head of the Cricket and Events of Dubai Sports City, Salman Hanif, has briefly explained the media about the preparations they have already started to prepare their venues.
Hanif discussed that UAE has already hosted a number of matches that also included multi-teams tournaments. Having a vast variety of the wickets, they will be able to give the grounds fresh to BCCI as they won’t be hosting any matches in preparing for IPL.
IPL was earlier hosted at their venues in 2014 when the political tensions amid the Lok Sabha elections rose as the crisis for the country.
IPL all set to be shifted to UAE, Sri Lanka not on the agenda
“The practice facilities are never going to be a problem as we have hosted multi-team events before. In the ICC complex alone, there are 38 wickets – spread over the two Oval grounds, the simulated turf wickets as well as the state-of-the-art indoor facilities in case they want to beat the heat,”
“The stadium has nine wickets on the top in case a large number of matches have to be accommodated within a smaller time-frame. We will not be scheduling any matches there to keep the wickets fresh,” Hanif told Gulf News.
The league was all set to be kicked off by 29th March. Later, due to the several extensions in the lockdown postponed the tournament. In the end, the authorities finally called off the cash-rich T20 league until further notice. It is to be noted that BCCI is looking for a window of October-November in case if the T20 World Cup gets canceled so they can hold the league then