Dubai, July 17
Amid hypothesis that the currently-suspended IPL might be held within the UAE as a result of rising COVID-19 instances in India, Dubai Sports City’s Head of Cricket and Events Salman Hanif has mentioned they’re conserving the amenities prepared for such an eventuality.
The IPL is aiming to safe the September-October window, which it’d simply seize as there’s immense uncertainty surrounding the destiny of the October 18 to November 15 T20 World Cup in Australia.
Speaking to ‘Gulf News’, Hanif mentioned the Dubai Sports City, which incorporates the Dubai International Stadium and the ICC Academy, is prepared as a possible venue for the glitzy T20 league.
“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,” mentioned Hanif.
The UAE has recorded greater than 50,000 instances and over 300 deaths due to the lethal pandemic that has thrown the world into disarray. India’s case rely, alternatively, has crossed the 10 lakh mark, together with over 25,000 deaths.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has reiterated on a number of events that he’s eager to make sure that the IPL does happen this yr even when it needs to be taken overseas. The ICC is anticipated to take a name on the destiny of the T20 World Cup by subsequent week.
If the IPL does get the September-October window for itself, the eight franchises would need their gamers to land right here a bit early to make sure some apply for the gamers.
The Indian cricketers have been confined to largely their properties since March attributable to a nationwide lockdown and solely just lately, a few of them have began particular person internet apply.
“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,” Hanif mentioned. PTI