Dubai: With the Indian cricket board deciding to shift the IPL 2020 out of India to UAE, the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) has today (July 27) said it will “now wait” on the decision of the Indian government. The ECB said it has received “Letter of Intent” from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

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Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, IPL 2020 was postponed indefinitely. However, last week, IPL Governing Council (GC) chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed to Asianet Newsable that the cash-rich Twenty20 league will be held from September 19 to November 8 in UAE (Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah).

“Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed that they have received the official Letter of Intent from the BCCI to host the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL),” ECB said.

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“We have received the (official) letter and now wait on the decision from the Indian Government which will ink the final deal,” said Mubashshir Usmani, ECB secretary general. 

“There are many factors which influence the operations and logistics of hosting what is the world’s most exciting, popular and lucrative tournament,” added Usmani.

He further stated, “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 and we will work together to ascertain the best practices to support and deliver on a successful edition.” 

Having hosted the 2014 edition, Usmani noted the UAE is well positioned with its experience on delivering the 2020 edition. “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 close of the Tournament.”

Commenting on UAE’s cricket-infrastructure, he added, “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 8-team tournament.”

Commenting on the current situation regarding COVID-19, Usmani stated, “Firstly, we are extremely pleased with how the UAE Government responded to the virus, which was as early as February and we continue to see encouraging numbers across the country - in decreasing cases and increasing recoveries. Secondly, we will fully support any requirements stipulated by the relevant Health Authorities in regards to COVID-19 safety measures and management.”  

“Ultimately, as owners of the IPL the BCCI will lay out their requirements to the Host nation of which Emirates Cricket continues to reiterate their unwavering support and assistance at every step of the process,” ECB said.