United Arab Emirates To Host Start Of IPL 7

Dubai, which is likely to be one of the venues used for the Indian Premier League 2014
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The 2014 Indian Premier League will run from 16th April until 1st June with the first part of the tournament held in the United Arab Emirates before India and possibly Bangladesh host the remaining matches.

1. From Wednesday 16th April to Wednesday 30th April, at least 16 matches will be held in the United Arab Emirates. BCCI is very grateful to the Emirates Cricket Board, its Chairman, HH Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, and the government of the UAE for their offer of wholehearted support to host the Pepsi IPL for this period.

2. For the period from Thursday 1st May to Monday 12th May, BCCI has approached the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India seeking permission to play IPL matches in India in cities where the polling has concluded in the respective state. BCCI is extremely conscious of the various complexities involved but hopes for a favourable consideration. BCCI will abide by the decision of the authorities in this regard. If it is not possible to play in India during this period, IPL matches will be held in Bangladesh and BCCI is thankful to the Bangladesh Cricket Board and the government of Bangladesh for their support.

3. From Tuesday 13th May (once polling has concluded in all states), the remaining league matches plus the Playoffs will be played in India.

BCCI, 12th March 2014

Due to a clash with the upcoming general election in India, for which voting starts on 7th April, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)  has had to consider alternative arrangements for this year's competition.

The United Arab Emirates, which hosts Afghanistan and Pakistan's home matches, will host 16 matches between 16th April and 30th April.

Between 1st May and 13th May, the board's preference is for matches to be played in Indian states where election polling has concluded, otherwise their second option is to move these matches to Bangladesh.

After the results of the election are announced on 16th May, the remaining matches, including the final on 1st June, will be played in India.

No matches will be played on 16th May.

The last time general elections were held, in 2009, the entire tournament was shifted to South Africa.

The United Arab Emirates will therefore become the third nation to host IPL matches and Bangladesh potentially the fourth.

Reigning champions Mumbai Indians will become the second team, after Rajasthan Royals, to begin the defence of their title outside of India.

Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah are the three venues where international cricket is played in the United Arab Emirates, and one or more of those stadia can be expected to host the IPL.

Bangladesh, meanwhile, has already hosted the Asia Cup this year and will soon hold the ICC World Twenty20 and ICC Women's World Twenty20.

The UAE, as well as hosting teams taking on Afghanistan and Pakistan, has also held the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in 2013 and the ICC Under-19 World Cup earlier this year.

The UAE have also qualified for the 2015 World Cup, guaranteeing more ODI cricket for the future in the region.

When the tournament moved to South Africa in 2009, it is estimated the local economy was boosted by as much as $US100 million as team players, personnel and officials headed out of India.

While hosting part of the tournament may not result in such a big boost to either UAE or Bangladesh, it will undoubtedly bring positive effects, financially and otherwise.

The ICC has reacted positively to the news with Chief Executive David Richardson saying it will complete a 'remarkable' season for the UAE.

"This news comes on the back of the on-field success of the UAE national team which has qualified for both the ICC World Twenty20 2014 in Bangladesh and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand and has the potential to propel cricket’s profile to new heights in the country," he said.

"Recognising the importance of the integrity of the competition, the ICC will provide its full support for the matches in the UAE, including through the provision of anti-corruption services.

"It will also be a good opportunity for both the BCCI and the ICC to share knowledge and experience as we both strive to deliver memorable events to cricket fans around the world," he added.

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