IPL 2020 : BCCI gives thumbs-up to Dubai, Abu Dhabi stadiums, Jay Shah says ‘we are ready for IPL 2020’

The Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) has declared that, ‘they are ready to roll the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020)’. 
With one of the most-awaited sporting event just 3 days away, BCCI officials in UAE not only completed their recee of the stadiums but also declared that all is set for the 13th edition of the IPL to begin. 

The sec of the board Jay Shah dropped the first look of the Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed cricket stadium. In the pictures shared on Twitter on Wednesday, the swanky stadium looks all set to welcome the squads on September 19. The caption of the post reads, “3 more days to go! What a spectacular and breathtaking view from the stadiums in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. United Arab Emirates looks all set to host the most awaited tournament of the year #IPL2020. The world is ready, so are we! @IPL @BCCI @SGanguly99 @ThakurArunS”.

On the other hand Dubai International Stadium received a thumbs-up from the top brass of the BCCI including president Sourav Ganguly, who visited the stadium as part of their inspection routine. The Dubai venue will be staging 24 league matches of the IPL 2020. A day after doing a recce of the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, former Indian skipper Ganguly took a tour of the Dubai stadium alongwith Arun Dhumal, treasurer of BCCI, interim CEO Hemang Amin and other senior officials.


‘‘Ganguly, along with the other officials, are satisfied with the state of readiness of the stadia for the matches. The matches will be held without spectators for now while media, apart from the TV crew of the official broadcasters, are also not allowed for now,’’ sources confirmed.

Meanwhile, Rajeev Shukla, an erstwhile chairman of IPL, reserved high words of praise for the way the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) lived up to the challenge of hosting the entire league under challenging circumstances. ‘‘BCCI had waited till the last minute before moving the league overseas as the coronavirus situation spiralled out of control. They deserve kudos for taking up the challenge,’’ said Shukla.

Speaking to Gulf News, Shukla, a former senior vice president of the board said: ‘‘The UAE has proved to be a very viable alternative because of the proximity to India, a time difference of only one and-a-half hours, the world class venues and the hotels. I must also add that both India and UAE governments have complemented each other to bring it upto this level.’’