While the cricket world waits for a decision on the T20 World Cup and then the normally-glitzy IPL, UAE are keeping themselves in the fray to welcome the BCCI along with its entourage for the T20 extravaganza.
According to a report in Gulf News, the BCCI has decided in favour of the UAE, who hosted the first leg of the IPL in 2014, as an overseas host for the tournament.
The report further explains that franchise owners have agreed to go overseas with the IPL this year in view of the state of the coronavirus pandemic in India.
The BCCI were initially divided in their opinion about shifting the event outside the country however the recent spikes in daily cases have seemingly left them with very little choice about where they can host the tournament.
The BCCI is reportedly in regular touch with Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to take a lowdown on the state of readiness of the venues - Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.
Informed sources also reveal that some of the franchises have also touched base with hotels in Dubai with an aim to work out their projected costs.
IPL teams are expected to arrive in the UAE well before the tournament starts. “We need a month to prepare but our overseas players will be ready to play,” a team owner told the Indian media.