The dilemma over IPL 2020 and its future has dominated the news feed in Cricket World from the last a few months. The marquee tournament which was all set to get rolling from 29th March has been now postponed indefinitely amid the COVID-19 attack.
Even after a three month of complete hara-kiri, there are no concrete word from the BCCI office bearers on IPL till now. However, recently, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal hinted that BCCI is looking at all options and a decision will come soon.
Amid all the speculations of shifting the marquee tournament abroad, the Emirates Cricket Board have shown interest in hosting the IPL this year. India, although, has come out of lockdown but the CoViD-19 threat still looming large over the country. IPL contributes a great deal in BCCI’s financial planning and the constitutional body will try its best to go ahead with IPL.
“In the past, Emirates Cricket Board has successfully hosted IPL matches in UAE. We have a proven record of being hosts as a neutral venue for various bilateral and multi-nation cricket activities in the past,” said Mubashshir Usmani, the general secretary of Emirates Cricket Board.
“Our state-of-the-art venues and facilities make the Emirates a desired place for hosting all types of cricket.” Before offering BCCI their venues, the Emirates Cricket Board had also invited England and Wales Cricket Board to complete the English season there as well.
“We have come forward and offered our venues to both England and India. We have also hosted matches involving England team on multiple occasions previously. If our offer is taken up by either of the Boards, then we will be pleased to facilitate hosting of their matches,” he said.
UAE is not new to IPL and hosting matches as it had, earlier, hosted IPL in 2014, when due to general election, BCCI has shifted first 20 matches in the UAE.