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Emirates Cricket Board confirm receiving Letter of Intent from BCCI; Government approvals awaited

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It was previously confirmed by the IPL chairman Brijesh Patel that the Indian Premier League will be conducted in the UAE and now, the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) have confirmed receiving a Letter of Intent from BCCI. The tournament is expected to begin on September 19th.

Having received a formal letter from the BCCI, the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) also mentioned that they are awaiting approval from the Indian government before they can take things forward. UAE previously hosted 20 matches of the 2014 edition when the Lok Sabha elections were going on in the country.

It did seem for a long time that India will manage a plan to organise the tournament in the subcontinent, but the rapidly growing COVID-19 cases leaves the government in no position to allow a tournament of this scale to be organised.

“We have received the (official) letter and now wait on the decision from the Indian government which will ink the final deal,” ECB Secretary-General Mubashshir Usmani said in a media release.

Usmani also spoke at length about the various personnel that will be involved and the intricacies associated with it. “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.

This includes the Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah Sports Councils, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah Tourism Bodies and the respective Government entities – such as the Police Forces and the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, all who have had strong, proven experience in such activities,” he added.

ECB remains confident of doing a good job

Despite the complications that are surrounding the organization of this tournament, the ECB secretary has reassured that his country has the best in class facilities to organize this tournament.

“We have a sound, solid understanding of what is required, and to whom we need to consult and engage with from this early stage through to the close of the Tournament. UAE boasts some of the best practice facilities and stadia in the world across three-Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah) which we are confident will be more than adequate to support the eight-team tournament.”

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