Confirmed: The Indian Premier League is coming to the UAE!
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) gave the sign of approval on Sunday, allowing for the professional Twenty20 cricket league to be held in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. The league will feature eight teams, each team will have 24 players with unlimited COVID-19 substitutes. The 13th edition of the league will run from September 19 to November 10 and news of live cricket returning on UAE grounds is huge for fans!
COVID-19 measures for fans and supporters wishing to watch the cricket have yet to be revealed.
Live cricket on the way! This is the announcement people were hoping for
Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) confirms that they have received the official 'Letter of Intent' from BCCI to host the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
— UAE Cricket Official (@EmiratesCricket) July 27, 2020
The final will be played on November 10
📣 The BIG Announcement we were all waiting for!
🗓️ SEPTEMBER 19 – NOVEMBER 10: #IPL2020 in the UAE 🇦🇪
⏰ 10 day games starting at 15:30 IST; all evening games begin at 19:30 IST
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) August 2, 2020
Chinese backer VIVO will be the title sponsor of the event despite previous protests
This year, the IPL reviewed its sponsorships following public backlash over Chinese-connected sponsorship deals. The people’s outcry came after the killing of 20 Indian soldiers by Chinese forces over a Himalayan border dispute.
The Governing Council's #IPL2020 confirmations (subject to clearances from Govt. of India) —
Host: UAE [Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi]
Dates: September 19 – November 10
Squad Limit: 24 players per team
Title Sponsor: VIVO
Bring it on !! 💪https://t.co/dSS0K8T7ev
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) August 2, 2020
Some supporters will not support the event due to Chinese sponsorship