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IPL Likely to Resume in September in UAE, Organisers Expect Fans to Turn Out in Large Numbers

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Friday, 27th August 2021

According to The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the date for resuming the remainder of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League has been settled upon and the venue has been fixed in the UAE.

Upon resumption, the first game will be played on September 19 and the finale will take place on October 15, which will also coincide with the Indian festival Dussehra this year.

A BCCI official cognizant of the internal developments after recently held meetings between the BCCI and the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) said that the talks ended of a favourable note and the Indian board is positive that the remaining IPL games will be held successfully in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

The official said, “The discussions went really well and with ECB already giving us the oral nod to host the event ahead of the BCCI SGM, it was about closing the deal over the last week. The first game after the season resumes will be held on September 19 while we will have the final on October 15. The BCCI was always keen on a 25-day window to finish the remaining matches.”


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When questioned about the availability and participation of overseas player for the League, the official stated they are already holding discussions with them and are confident about an agreeable outcome.

He said, “The discussions have started and we are keeping fingers crossed that the foreign players will be mostly available. If a couple of them do not manage to turn up, we shall then decide on the future course of action. But keeping fingers crossed for now and hoping to have an action-packed end to the 14th edition in UAE.”

Franchises are also assured about the BCCI’s intention of engaging in talks with foreign cricketing boards and getting international players to make themselves available for the remaining matches.

With regards to the attendance of fans to the matches, the official said, “As hosts, ECB will work closely with the authorities to seek approval on what protocols need to be followed.” Discussions between the BCCI and ICC are impending to “Assess the spectator requirements.” He added, “We want our expat and Emirati sports-loving fans in the UAE to be able to watch the action from the stands.”

The News Talkie Bureau


Times of India Indiatimes

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