With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sending the worldwide calendar for a toss, IPL too was a casualty because it couldn’t be held within the ordinary April-May window.
Though worldwide cricket returned in July with England internet hosting bilateral sequence with the West Indies and Pakistan, the way forward for IPL remained underneath cloud.
Finallly with the World T20 getting postponed, a window opened for the preferred cash-rich Twenty20 franchisee event.
The UAE, which had hosted just a few matches of the 2014 version, expressed its willingness to be play host once more and this time it was a special problem with the entire event slated to he held within the Gulf nation, that too with out followers because of the COVID-19 well being protocols.
Three venues — Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai — had been able to host sixty matches in 56 days because the event began on September 19 with Chennai Super Kings gorgeous defending champions Mumbai Indians.
Twelve days into the event, evey drama has occurred — matches being determined in Super Overs, a file run chase –.
Going by the early pattern, it could actually nicely be presumed that the event is right here to remain.
“”Choosing the UAE to host this main event at this explicit time has nice significance and is indicative of the world’s belief and confidence in UAE’s dealing with of the COVID-19 pandemic. Players and officers from around the globe are right here for the IPL, and they’re right here as a result of they really feel protected and safe within the UAE,” mentioned Dubai Sports Council (DSC) Chairman Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, has congratulated all of the stakeholders for the scintillating begin and organisational success of the 13th Indian Premier League (IPL). pic.twitter.com/lgVvx07bIZ
— Dubai Sports Council (@DubaiSC) September 30, 2020
Dubai will host 24 matches within the event together with the ultimate on November 10. So far single matches have been the order of the day with matches beginning at 6pm native time (7.30pm IST).
But from Saturday (October 3), the weekend double headers will begin with the primary match starting at 2pm native time (3.30pm IST) and the organisers are gearing up for it.
“The decision of our friends from India to host one the world’s premier sporting events here is a confirmation of UAE’s distinctive position on the global sports map and our ability to organise major tournaments in different sports because of our top-notch infrastructure,” Sheikh Mansour added.
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