The Head of the Cricket and Events of Dubai Sports City, Salman Hanif, has told the media that they have already started preparation for hosting the Indian Premier League (IPL) thirteenth edition.
BCCI is likely to pour their hands in the virtual Apex Council Meeting today (Friday) where several things will be getting a way to proceed ahead.
As the chances choose UAE, Sri Lanka is unlikely to get the opportunity to host the cash-rich T20 league.
UAE has already hosted 20 matches of the Indian tournament back in 2014 when India was under the political crisis of the Lok Sabha elections. Also, UAE is known to have a larger number of wickets as they already have hosted multi-teams matches at their venues.
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“The practice facilities are never going to be a problem as we have hosted multi-team events before. In the ICC complex alone, there are 38 wickets – spread over the two Oval grounds, the simulated turf wickets as well as the state-of-the-art indoor facilities in case they want to beat the heat,”
“The stadium has nine wickets on the top in case a large number of matches have to be accommodated within a smaller time-frame. We will not be scheduling any matches there to keep the wickets fresh,” Hanif told Gulf News.
However, in the meeting, the schedules of the domestic season along with the rescheduling of the home series against England will also be discussed.
Tax exemption, which has created fumes between ICC and BCCI considering the T20 World Cup upcoming seasons, will also be taken under the discussion.
Also, Bengaluru, which was to host the latest branch of NCA, will be commenced as a part of the discussion ahead. The consequences will decide whether Bengaluru will have NCA rights or not.
Along with discussing the fate of IPL, its digital platform that will also be working for BCCI will be extended and the hiring of the new staff for the board will be reviewed.