UAE board secretary confirms that they are looking to fill 30 to 50% of the stadiums for IPL matches


General Secretary of the Emirates Cricket Board Mubashshir Usmani, confirmed that the UAE board is thinking to fill the stadiums about 30 to 50% for IPL 2020 that will be held in UAE. He further played down safety concerns and added that IPL will help in boosting the economy of the UAE.
With Covid-19 cases going out of control in India, the BCCI make a deal earlier this month with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to host the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in UAE.
Now with both BCCI and ECB one step away from finalizing hosting IPL in UAE – which is them awaiting the Indian government’s permission.
Usmani told PTI “We want our people to experience this prestigious event but it is the government’s decision. For most events here, the number ranges from thirty to 50 percent capacity, we are looking at a similar number, We are hopeful of getting our government’s approval on that.”
He added “The UAE government has been very efficient in bringing down the case numbers. We are almost living a normal life with certain rules and protocols to be followed. And with the IPL still some time way, we will be in an even better place than what it is right now.”
Usmani also assured that there would be no trouble in organizing the mega-tournament and pointed to the UAE Board’s handling of the World T20 qualifiers in 2019 as an example for the same.
“UAE is blessed with the support of private infrastructure. We can deliver such events and have delivered before. Last year, we hosted the T20 World Cup qualifier which had 14 teams. Last time also, it contributed significantly to the UAE economy. With the full tournament taking place this time, it will be a much bigger boost.”

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