UAE's cricket board receives clearance to host IPL

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Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) has received official clearance from the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) to host the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year.

The 13th edition of the Twenty20 tournament is scheduled to be played from September 19 to November 10 in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.

His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, as well as Chairman of the ECB said; "We feel extremely privileged to host what could be considered the pinnacle event of our favourite sport. The magnitude of being in a position to bring the IPL to the vast cricket-loving global community, during current events which have greatly impacted our daily lives, is one we take with extreme importance." 

He added that the UAE is well-versed in delivering successful events and remain in close contact with the BCCI, IPL committees, as well as all government entities to host the tournament in a safe environment.

"This is undoubtedly the highest-profile cricketing-event to be held in the UAE and our team will continue to support all facets (of the tournament) and work toward delivering a successful event for the enjoyment of all sports-fans; here in the UAE, in India and across the world," Sheikh Nahyan added.

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