Indian Premier League moves to the UAE with September start date

World’s preeminent short-form cricket tournament to run until 8th November.

Indian Premier League moves to the UAE with September start date

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This year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) Twent20 cricket competition will take place in the United Arab Emirates between 19th September and 8th November, it has been confirmed.

Relocation of the eight-team competition, which is set to begin its 13th edition, was confirmed on 26th July by Brijesh Patel, chairman of the IPL governing council.

Three venues – located in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi – will stage 60 games over 51 days, with pre-season training camps and all fixtures hosted in bio-secure environments.

This year’s IPL had been slated to take place between March and May but was suspended indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Reports say the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) applied to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to stage the tournament back in April.

The ECB’s cause was helped when a slot in the calendar became available after the Dubai-based International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed the postponement of this year’s T20 World Cup, which is now due to be held in Australia in 2021.

The UAE previously hosted the first rounds of the IPL in 2014 due to that year’s general elections in India.

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