Mumbai: The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) on Monday confirmed that the board has received an official letter from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to host the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“We have received the (official) letter and will now await the decision of the Indian government, which will seal the final deal,” Emirates Cricket Board Secretary-General Mubashshir Usmani said in an official statement.
“There are many factors that affect the operation and logistics of hosting the world’s most exciting, popular, and lucrative tournaments. This is a massive movement of people and equipment and we now need to bring in the experts to discuss all aspects of UAE hosting the IPL,” Usmani said.
“This includes Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah Sports Council, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah tourism bodies and related governmental entities – such as the police force and the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, who all have strong, proven experience in such activities and we will work together to explore best practices to support and deliver on a successful version, ”he said.
Commenting on the current situation in relation to COVID19 Usmani said: “First of all, we are very pleased with how the UAE government responded to the virus, which was as early as February and we continue to see encouraging numbers across the country – in decreasing cases and increasing recoveries. Secondly, we will fully support any requirements stipulated by the relevant Health Authorities in regards to COVID19 safety measures and management.”
IPL’s chairman Brijesh Patel had earlier confirmed that the tournament would be hosted in the UAE from September 19- November 8.
The UAE had earlier hosted the first half of 2014 IPL due to the Lok Sabha elections in India.
This year’s IPL was slated to commence from March 29 but the tournament was postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.