India’s cricket board has received government permission to stage this year’s Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates.

The BCCI had earlier announced the popular Twenty20 competition, which could not begin in March because of the Covid-19 pandemic, would be played in the UAE from Sept. 19, subject to government approval.

The matches will be played in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi as India continues to grapple with the pandemic with cases surging past 2.2 million on Monday and over 44,000 dead.

It is not the first time that the popular competition will be held outside India.

The 2009 edition took place in South Africa as it coincided with India’s elections and the UAE hosted the early matches of the eight-team tournament five years later for the same reason.

Source : RNZ

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