IPL’s venue change: BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has described the IPL’s move from India to the United Arab Emirates. As “a blessing in disguise.” In a letter to the regional associations on Tuesday (Sept.28). The IPL ends on October 15 and the World Cup begins two days later.
“In hindsight, this appears as a blessing in disguise. As with the T20 World Cup taking place soon after. There cannot be a better preparatory ground than a tournament of IPL’s stature,”. Shah wrote in the mail to the state units. “I am confident that the second phase of the IPL will provide ideal preparation ahead of the World Cup and will prepare Team India. In the best possible manner,” the BCCI secretary further said
Shah highlighted the efforts being made to host the tournament in India. And how everything was ruined when the league was stalled by a series of Covid cases.
IPL’s venue: “To the outside world, this may appear as an exact repeat of last year, when the BCCI hosted the 13th season of the IPL in the UAE. However, only the BCCI and its State Associations know the effort that has gone behind in completing the 14th season of the IPL,” Shah said he does not expect any more problems in the tournament.
Shah also mentioned how the window was closed from September to October. “It was during this challenging phase when some of you reached out to me and expressed confidence in completing the unfinished business. This certainly boosted my confidence and that of my colleagues on the board and we soon began our operations of identifying a suitable window. We reached out to all boards, secured necessary permissions, worked closely with the UAE Government and the Emirates Cricket Board. The window just before ICC Men’sT20 World was identified and immediately locked in,” Shah wrote.
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