IPL Confirmed to be Held in UAE: Cricket’s Slow Return to the Field


After months of lockdown because of COVID-19 pandemic, Cricket is finally making a slow and steady comeback. England Cricket Board was the first to take charge, and the English team has already featured in three series at international level facing West Indies, Ireland and currently contesting Pakistan.

The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will be the first annual T20 competition that will begin on August 18. Six teams will be up against each other for the title. The final will be on September 10. All the matches will be played in Trinidad & Tobago owing to the travel restrictions due to COVID pandemic.

The start of CPL will be followed by England’s T20 Blast and Sri Lanka’s inaugural Lanka Premier League (LPL).

Moreover, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also received approval from MHA, Government of India to organise the 13th season of Indian Premier League (IPL). BCCI will now organise the league in UAE.

This is the second time that the Gulf country will host the tournament. Earlier in 2014, UAE hosted about 40 per cent of the matches. BCCI has selected Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah to host IPL matches. Government of India has also approved for this.

The tournament will begin on September 19, and final will be on November 10. Eight teams will play a total of 60 matches in this 53-day T20 tournament. For the first time in the history of this league, the final will not be on the weekend.

Meanwhile, Australia’s Women Big Bash League and men’s Big Bash League will take place in their usual time window. Women’s Big Bash will start from October 17. At the same time, the men’s version of the tournament will kick-off on December 3. The schedule of both the matches remains subject to change as per guidelines on the COVID pandemic.


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