The Emirates Cricket Board has offered to host the 13th edition of IPL, currently postponed by BCCI, in UAE, according to a report in Gulf News.
The T20 tournament, originally scheduled to begin on March 29, had to be postponed “until further notice” after India went into complete lockdown, following the spread of the novel coronavirus.
While restrictions have eased in the country since, there is still no clarity over the timeline of the tournament, as all mainstream cricket continues to stay suspended.
According to the report, Mubashshir Usmani, the general secretary of Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), confirmed the board’s offer to BCCI, expressing confidence in UAE’s cricketing infrastructure to host the eight-team tournament, originally scheduled to be played for close to two months.
‘‘We have a proven record of being hosts as a neutral venue for various bilateral and multi-nation cricket activities in the past,” Usmani was quoted as saying. “Our state-of-the-art venues and facilities make the Emirates a desired place for hosting all types of cricket.”
In 2014, UAE partially hosted the tournament – the first 20 matches were played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, owing to the general elections that year in India. For the same reason in 2009, the entire tournament was shifted to South Africa.