Biswajit Manna

Coronavirus has hit the cricket world and looking at the things where it stands now, we can firmly say we have to wait for some more time before we get to see our favorites cricket stars on the field again.

Two biggest cricket events are scheduled to be held this year. One is the Indian Premier League (IPL) and ICC T20 World Cup. But due to the COVID-19 outbreak, both tournaments are facing an uncertain future. IPL 2020 was supposed to start on 29th March. But BCCI was forced to postpone the tournament till 15th April. It was later postponed for an indefinite period.

ICC T20 World Cup is scheduled to happen between October and November in Australia. According to media reports, if that is pushed back further then IPL 2020 can be accommodated in that window. However, no formal announcement has been made wither by the BCCI or the ICC.

Now it has been learned that United Arab Emirates has expressed its willingness to host IPL 2020. Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) has already informed the same to its Indian counterpart. “We have a proven record of being hosts as a neutral venue for various bilateral and multi-nation cricket activities in the past. Our state-of-the-art venues and facilities make the Emirates a desired place for hosting all types of cricket,” said ECB general secretary Usmani as quoted by News18.

Experts believe that BCCI might consider ECB’s proposal as the Gulf country has the experience of hosting the same event in the past. In 2014 Indian Premier League’s (IPL) opening leg was organized in UAE as India was gearing up for parliamentary elections. So it would not be very surprising if we see IPL 2020 takes place in UAE. Apart from IPL, the Gulf country has also shown interest in hosting the domestic season of England cricket. “We have come forward and offered our venues to both England and India. In the past, Emirates Cricket Board has successfully hosted IPL matches in UAE. We have also hosted matches involving the England team on multiple occasions previously. If our offer is taken up by either of the Boards, then we will be pleased to facilitate hosting of their matches,” Usmani further added.

After a gap of almost three months, international cricket is all set to make a return next month. England and West Indies will take on each other in a three-match Test series. However, the series is subject to the final approval of the UK government.

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