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Happy with the facilities in all three stadia for IPL's first leg
By IPL Desk
Mumbai 24 March 2014
The BCCI’s Venue Inspection team, comprising Dr. M.V. Sridhar, GM – Cricket Operations, BCCI, and Mr. P.R. Vishwanathan, Curator, BCCI, visited the venues that will be hosting the UAE leg of the Pepsi IPL 2014, on 21 March 2014 and 22 March 2014.
The officials accordingly visited the Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, and Dubai International Cricket Stadium. They also visited the ICC Academy at Dubai.
The primary purpose of the exercise was to assess the ground conditions, status of the pitches, outfield and practice facilities, at the venues. The team also inspected the facilities that are in place for the players, match officials and umpires, including the dressing-rooms and medical arrangements.
The Venue Inspections were followed by a meeting with the Venue Officials and Curators, at the ICC Academy, on 22 March 2014. The IPL Guidelines and Pitch Requirements were explained and elaborated upon, during this meeting.
“We are very happy with the facilities at the venues that will be hosting the UAE leg of the Pepsi IPL 2014. The infrastructure is on par with any of the leading international venues. Considering the amount of cricket that has been played at these venues in the recent past, the ground and pitch maintenance is noteworthy. We are confident that the facilities and ground conditions will provide the platform for an exciting first leg of the Pepsi IPL 2014,” Dr. M.V. Sridhar, GM – Cricket Operations, BCCI, said.
The Venue Inspection Team will be planning the training schedules of all eight teams participating in the Pepsi IPL 2014, in coordination with the venues. All eight sides will be allotted a reasonable number of playing and training schedules at the venues, in the afternoons, as well as evenings (under floodlights).
The teams are expected to arrive in the UAE in the second week of April 2014.
Tournament to start with MI-KKR match in Abu Dhabi on April 16
By IPL Desk
Mumbai 19 March 2014
At its meeting in Chennai earlier today, the IPL Governing Council confirmed that the first phase of the Pepsi IPL 2014 season matches will be played in the United Arab Emirates, from Wednesday 16th April to Wednesday 30th April.
A total of 20 matches will be played in three stadiums: the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi; the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah; and the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai. The opening match on Wednesday, 16 April, will be in Abu Dhabi, between the defending champions, Mumbai Indians and the 2012 IPL champions, Kolkata Knight Riders.
The match-schedule for the UAE leg can be accessed on the following link:
Pursuant to the initiative taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, many State Governments have indicated that IPL matches can be conducted in their respective states. Based on the responses received so far, the BCCI believes that the Pepsi IPL 2014 can be conducted in India from the first week of May.
The schedule for the remaining 40 matches will be announced in due course.