World’s richest cricket board BCCI is all set to organize 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This year IPL was to be held between March 29 and May 17 but the BCCI had to postpone the event indefinitely in the light of the corona virus pandemic.
In a recent update, ICC world T20 is all set to be cancelled and IPL to be played in UAE in September 2020.
Although the ICC(International Cricket Council) has not made an official announcement, an outlookindia report suggest that the cancellation is only “a matter of time.”
During all this time, BCCI has approached to various sponsors in hsting the IPL. Indian premier league has been cash cow for BCCI. It brings in almost 4,000 crores of revenue to board from global broadcasting rights and sponsorship.
IPL teams can make a profit of anything between 100-150 crores a season. The eight franchises each get a 50 per cent share of BCCI’s revenue from broadcast right.
BCCI has chosen UAE as host for certain reasons. This Middle East Country has been a long history of hosting India and Pakistan’s games. Cricket Stadiums in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi have enough infrastructure available to accommodate players, officials and broadcast officials and are close to each other.
All 8 IPL teams are expected to arrive at the venue about a month before the tournament starts. “We need a month to prepare but our overseas players will be ready to play,” said a team owner.