The Indian government has given go ahead to BCCI for conducting the 13th Edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) in UAE. It was officially confirmed by the IPL Governing council Chairman Brijesh Patel.
The government had last week given an “in principle” go-ahead to the BCCI to shift the marquee tournament to the UAE due to rising cases of COVID-19 in the country.
Earlier due to Covid-19, the BCCI had to postpone the IPL earlier scheduled in March-April. And after the ICC shifted the ICC World T20 2020 to 2022 in Australia, BCCI got the Sept-Nov window to conduct the IPL.
Yes, we have received all the written approvals,” Patel told PTI when asked whether the permission has come in writing from both the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). When an Indian sports body shifts a domestic tournament abroad, it requires clearance from Home, External and sports ministries respectively.
“Once we had the verbal okay from the government, we had intimated the Emirates Cricket Board. Now we have the papers also, so franchises can be intimated that everything is in order,” a veteran BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
Most of the franchises will be flying out after August 20 after two mandatory RT-PCR (COVID-19 tests) conducted within 24 hours from their departure base.
The richest cricket board in the world is also facing sponsorship issue after the Chinese mobile complany Vivo backed off to sponsor this year editon due to the outrage over China-India border stand-off.
It was a Rs 440 crore deal and as BCCI looks at potential sponsors, Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali has shown interest in becoming the new title sponsor.
The IPL will start from September 19 and the final will take place on November 10.The matches will be played in three cities- Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. All the teams are allowed to keep a maximum squad of 24 players each. The last time IPL was played in the UAE was in 2014 due to the general elections in the country.