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  • POSTED BY on | March 17, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    when they will release IPL schedule we are exciting to see the IPL schedule

  • POSTED BY Jimmyvida on | March 14, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Let's see what the crowds will be like in UAE. From what I see on TV the grounds in UAE appear to be MUD tracks. I thought cricket at this level was supposed to be played on TURF wickets. But UAE is where the rich lives and I guess that is all that was important in making the final decision.

  • POSTED BY on | March 14, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    @MZM 149.......very sour grapes...!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 14, 2014, 1:32 GMT

    @Charlie...have some tea. BTW, 49ers are not going to win next year either. We will make sure that....go hawks!!!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 13, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    Franchise cricket is going to be the future. The number of teams should be increased to atleast 20 and should be a year long event like in football. Indian fans would prefer this over seeing the national team walloped time and again abroad.

  • POSTED BY on | March 13, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    For this IPL-7 Surprising and Lucky that the Cricket Game FIRST LEG which will be the First and Fresh Taste will be holed by WE United Arab Emirates. Hip Hip Hooray. Then the IPL-7 Cricket Game MIDDLE LEG which will be Tasted by the Minnows of Cricket Bangla Desh. Trust if I am a Bangla Deshi Spectator, I will certainly wont go and watch IPL, Why Bcos Bangla Deshi's are not aware of Indian's or India's Local Cricketers and so much so there is only One Cricketer from Bangal Desh Shakib Al Hassan features in IPL, rest of the Bangla Deshi Cricketers will applaud or not which is to be seen. And the LAST LEG of the IPL-7,which will be tasted by WE-Indians, surely will be STALE, certainly not be the Taste as a Cricketer or a Spectator I think. Certainly IPL-7 will be greatest Loss Set-Back for BCCI, I Feel.

  • POSTED BY on | March 13, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    Isn't it hypocrisy of BCCI not to play International matches in UAE and no hesitation conducting IPL for their own benefit !!!!

  • POSTED BY caught_knott_bowled_old on | March 13, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Excellent. Now the UAE will also get an opportunity to watch the Chennai Super Kings Live!

  • POSTED BY cpur on | March 13, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    Yeah -- Bangladesh matches - 1 may to 12 may will be base on huge supporters. world will be seen how the huge supporters coming around the 64 districts of Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | March 13, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    Very excited to see IPL is coming in UAE... MI is gonna rock.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 21:20 GMT

    UAE is better Option than S.A IMO. We have seen many matches got cancelled due to rain lat time in S.A. Rain is no problem in U.A.E! U.A.E is just few hours flight away from India so many enthusiasts can fly to UAE! Because there is just one match per day in UAE so heat is not factor there! And huge no. of cricket enthusiasts living there, so it is good decision to shift initial matches to UAE! Also S.A demanded to shift whole of IPL there are demanded hefty money so S.A wasnot preferred over UAE this time! eagerly waiting for it.

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | March 12, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa: You are absolutely right about UAE weather and crowd attendance. The crowd and therefore gate money will be very small as compared to Indian IPL. Who wants to go and watch another country's city team in a foreign land and that too continuously for a month or so daily. I know there will be foreign stars as well but how many South Africans, Australians or West Indians live in UAE? Just a few. They don't come to watch international fixtures against Pakistan. Why would they come to watch IPL. Bangladesh leg of IPL will be even worse. So IPL will get a huge blow.

  • POSTED BY zaheerthetop on | March 12, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    BCCI and top Indian player will not like any Pakistani cricketer, because they knows that Pakistani cricketer will most poular at the end of the tournament, as every one knows when Pakistany player played their 1st IPL 2008 and RR win because of Akmal Sohail Tanveer was the best that time. So no place for Pak cricketer because of Indian top star can not compete with Pak player

  • POSTED BY Rahul17_1983 on | March 12, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Y people say to take players from Afghan ,Bangladesh and other associate nation. Think from point of view of Franchise.R they there to donate there money or earn something out of it.They are doing business and those who are playing gud and from whom they can earn money are there.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 12, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    the sport, cricket mainly should be a bridge for the people to stay in touch.....India playing Pakistan is no less than a festival for both the countries. When it comes to the IPL, India has an option of showing a helping hand to the Pakistani board which will not be forgotten by the cricketing fraternity.....IPL has the power to cross the borders and BCCI should at least not make it tough....

  • POSTED BY terencemine on | March 12, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    It's all about the money!!

  • POSTED BY martin000 on | March 12, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa , too much knowledge on UAE for a saffa

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    being a indian i expect to see pakistan players in ipl. it just a domestic tournament not an international to ban pak players. they are very talented.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    Oh no!!!I lived for three years in UAE , didn't get a single chance to watch indian team playing there although have seen pak, aust, sa, wi, sl. Now when I move to UK , ipl will be held UAE. unlucky I would say....

  • POSTED BY BigINDFan on | March 12, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    UAE as a venue was expected given the proximity to India and expat community interested in cricket. Three way split is too much. Play in UAE till May 12 and then have semis and finals in India.

    For Indian fans who are upset at losses at SA, NZ and Asia cup - in the next 5 years or more cricket will move away from countries clashing to franchise model. Test matches make sense at country level but ODIs will given in to T20s and it will go franchise model and we will see IPL, CPL, BBL and many more crop up with a world T20. IND should have 2 teams - one that plays T20 and the other that plays Tests. ODIs till they exist can be played by a mix of T20 and Test players.

    Pujara should be in Tests and ODIs and Kohli the captain. MSD can captain T20 team and play all 3 formats as a wicket keeper batsmen but not captain Tests and ODIs.

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | March 12, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    It would have been better if IPL had been canceled this year instead. Would have done the world of cricket lots of good.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    Plz shift Duncan Fletcher also for the betterment of Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY t20superstars on | March 12, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Yo.. IPL's first leg to be played in UAE. But, I'l miss it.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | March 12, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    All this does is keep compressing the English summer, at this rate the IPl will be being played until the End of August, what then in regards to seeing decent test teams in England.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    There is no sense in having it in three countries. Till GOI allows you stage IPL in India, play in UAE alone. UAE gets expat crowd. In BD, IPL will be played in almost empty grounds, especially when BD stars or NOT playing.

    Additional costs of shifting back and forth, men and machinery can also be minimized. The broadcasters with their heavy equipments and specialized manpower will suffer most with a three way split. Hope they (broadcasters) will make BCCI realize the folly of the three-way split!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 12, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    good decision

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | March 12, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    SR84, probably coz the tournament is Indian and hence Pak players are not really wanted?

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    Guys at last it is Indian Premier League..................

  • POSTED BY sundersingh on | March 12, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    here comes the medicine for our wounds that we got recently(SA,NZ & ASIA cup)....and hoping that t20WC would not add to that list..

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    The IPL will be better off financially, when staged in India. There is little reason for the game to generate hype in foreign locations. Bangladesh has its own version and people like to see a tussle between Dhaka and Khulna or Chittagong , for instance. A Delhi vs Rajasthan game will have little appeal to us Bangladeshis. The economics suggest that IPL like tournaments should remain in their own native lands where they have the greatest promise for financial success.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 12, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Bangalore & Jaipur have fast tracks, what a joke!

    Instead run scoring is a lot more more difficult on pitches in Kolkata.

    Amazing to see the level of knowledge among the Cricinfo readers.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    All those are commenting about UAE temperature are forgetting the most important point...

    IPL will be held in UAE from April 16 to April 30 and during this period ONLY 16 games will be played... so that means one game per da, in that caseall the games will be played during NIGHT TIME only.... may be starting around 6 or 7.... so temperature that too in April (summer just starts) during night wont be a big issue....

    South Africa was not selected as they were not ready to host part of matches CSA wanted to host the whole IPL for which BCCI didnt agree...... simple

  • POSTED BY mohanram82 on | March 12, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    yeah...!!!!Here IPL came, now its our time to forget our SA loss, NZ loss and ASIA CUP loss.. common supporters, lets cheer the one and only IPL...!!!

  • POSTED BY DauD_ on | March 12, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    They really should have included Afghan players in this years auction, they have some super talented players who are well at home in the UAE

  • POSTED BY sergio11 on | March 12, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    UAE is fine..bt BAN i am not sure..they love cricket,but when played by their national team players..i dont think any of the BAN players will make it to the 4 overseas players list in the playing 11 for any team..even when played in SA..the people there where cheering for not the teams,they where cheering for the SA players in the team..KKR with kallis and van wyk got more support if i am not wrong..i wish IND gov allow to conduct the game in india..else it will be an every ordinary ipl....

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    Welcome to Dubai :) ohhhh i will be there for all the matches!!! Cant wait for that..Its not summer over here in April ..

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Bad decision again. BCCI at its incompetent best!

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    @TommyTucker If you are not agree with this plan that is your own but don't say the temp is 45 to 50 with humidity 90%.. My God I also stay in the neighboring country it is never 50C in April..

  • POSTED BY sporso on | March 12, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    I will welcome IPL here at Bangladesh. BCB should focus more matches at sylhet, cox's Bazaar, chittagong, khulna or even bogra. So that we can spread cricket more.

  • POSTED BY amilag on | March 12, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Excellent decision! Flat tracks in UAE will suit IPL heroes who are called falt track bullies like Kholi,Dhoni,Raina,Dhawan,Pollard,Gayle etc..there will be a lot of runs..

  • POSTED BY Avi56 on | March 12, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    AM so sure there is a smile going on in managements of MI, SRH , KKR & CSK ( to an extent)....All flat track heroes..UAE pitches are similar to the Indian pitches flat...RR, RCB and KXIP will have a tough time in the First Leg as these teams do not fair well in FLat Tracks... Jaipur , Mohali and Bangalore have got fast pitches (indian standards) that make matches entertaining...Though they favour batsmen more...But it can be great for Fast Bowlers too...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 12, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    We don't need IPL in Bangladesh, Just make this status visible to everyone , you'll find millions supporting me

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | March 12, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Wow, what a slap in the face for South Africa and CSA. Looks like BCCI hasn't done its homework and this looks a bit like Qatar being awarded the world cup. Let me explain.

    Weather: By the time the IPL starts, the temperature will be up to 45-50 degrees, with 90% humidity. Being outside in the UAE is unbearable this time of year. Good luck to players and spectators in non air-conditioned stadiums.

    Attendance: If any of the matches are during the day in the UAE they will have no attendance. Most of the expat sub continent nationals working in the UAE have day jobs (unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled) so attending during the week is impossible. Also, the only day off is Friday. No 2 day weekends.

    Hosting this tournament in SA would have been a far better idea in more ways than one.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Another snub for South Africa! Srinivasan holds a grudge deep and strong. Oh well, get ready for empty stadiums and 45 degree heat, instead of the full grounds and great support teams get in SA.

  • POSTED BY ullasjp on | March 12, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    Finally india going to uae.. I hope sharaja cup will be back soon

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | March 12, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    teju666 Actually we should ask what Bangladesh will get hosting the tournament for 12 days.Some more business in five star hotels?Our government will have to spend money for players' security.We are hosting WorldT20 and Asia cup as per ICC's and ACC's decision.Why the question of generosity comes? India will also host them by turn.

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | March 12, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Hahaa, UAE in the summer - 45 degrees, that will be fun!!!

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | March 12, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    cricket_slcsupport You are the closest neighbor of India? What about Bangladesh, Pakistan and China then who have border with India?

  • POSTED BY liaqathussain on | March 12, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    Great opportunity for Cricket in the Arab world, The UAE should invite arab kids from the school to come watch this tournament and who knows one day we might actually see a genuine Arab team,

    IPL should allow Arab franchise to participate in this league to drum up support,

    My only fear is that their might be empty stadiums hence why the concentration should be on the wider Arab world and its kids, BCCI is filthy rich and can accommodate these cost's it would be a huge benefit to the game .(paksitani fan)

  • POSTED BY chapathishot on | March 12, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    If World T20 was not in Bangladesh the first half would have been played in Bangladesh.The fans there are so involved in the matches and it would have been another home base for KKR.Any way hopefully some matches should be played there.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | March 12, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    @ziggy500 A one month IPL won't work. All teams have to play all other teams. It is simply impossible to do that in a month.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    its better to keep in South Africa, so that indian players can get some practice in bouncy pitches

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    well !!! what a surprise ! we had some doubts whether it is going to be held in uae or not but now i am sure.....our academy is offering free ball boy passes to the poeple and they have to give their photo....i am one of them . yippeeee!!! ipl fever is coming to uae

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | March 12, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    Well. Could have preferred entire leg in BD. The fans are paying great attention to cricket. Yes they would miss the local stars in the IPL teams but for a cricket loving nation, it shouldn't matter that much. Also, the timings would be same as here. The tracks are similar to Indian tracks. Even UAE has a couple of stadiums only. So number of grounds also points to BD heavily.

  • POSTED BY weera87 on | March 12, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    Summer already started in Dubai... expect 40-45 C temp during the daytime in the mid of April with 99% humidity level... good luck for all the cricketers playing

  • POSTED BY sssugat on | March 12, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    iz it ipl or upl or bpl??...or newer version iubpl :D

  • POSTED BY FawltyBean on | March 12, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    @cricket_slcsupport - Good friendship with BCCI? Nobody told you Bangladesh replaced Sri Lanka as BCCI's favorite before/during/after ICC's Big3 vote :)

  • POSTED BY vipinchirackal on | March 12, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    if it is uae franchise will have to play in front of empty stadium.even when their natioanl team played in the qualifying matches stadium were almost empty.then bengladesh aha we saw what happened at the time when india took pakistan in the asia cup this time.most of the seats were empty.better we try for south africa or australia since both these country has enough representation in the ipl.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    UAE Ideal place of IPL and its concept, if you know what I mean!

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    they have taken a long time to post this whereas they said that biswal will say in couple of days....

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Not only expats working in UAE, but fans from India, Pak, SL, BD (those who can afford the travel and stay) will also fill in the stadiums. Some of the corporate executives in India have already started re-doing their summer vacation plans, the moment the news came out.

    It is fashionable for many socialites from these countries to do some shopping in Dubai. Many of them are likely to be there. A shopping-cum-IPL watching trip! Some show-offs may also want to be seen....attending the matches... THERE! Uh!

    I won't be surprised, if the franchises and the Board may not suffer any opportunity loss by THIS shift! Now-a-days, everything revolves around money, no? So, probably, no griping on that front too. The broadcasters will suffer some additional costs.

    Fans from some of the Associate members, like Afghanistan (after their excellent show in BD) will try to attend.

    Cricket will be the same, with pitches there being similar to the sub-continental pitches.

  • POSTED BY alibd on | March 12, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    " OH!! Its really? IPL will be in Bangladesh? Most welcome IPL.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 12, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    be coz pakistan dosent hv goof plyer that is why

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    this is good for world cricket

  • POSTED BY Md.ManikMiahAzad on | March 12, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    I like Ipl to bangladesh

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 12, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    its better to ply IPL in sa

  • POSTED BY SR84 on | March 12, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    Would have gone to watch if Pakistani players were not barred from playing in this event.

    A Pakistani fan's biggest fear of retributional discrimination from the new BIG 3 led ICC.

  • POSTED BY cricket_slcsupport on | March 12, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Why not Sri Lanka ? we are the closest neighbours. Always have a good friendship and our Big Brothers.

    Too many matched played in Bangladesh this year, Asia Cup, T20 world Cup.,

  • POSTED BY ianbellfan on | March 12, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Do they allow the cheergirls and their 'dance' in UAE? So, not so good news for them I guess.

  • POSTED BY mirandola on | March 12, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    What we need to do is play all cricket in a traditional cricketing heartland like the UAE, in the 'high fives' form - indoors, five overs per side played with an outsize tennis racquet against underarm slow bowling, no fielders or 'outs' allowed, four for a hit and six for anything that travels more than five metres - this is the real cricket of the future, aint we going to love it?

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | March 12, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Good decision. Time zones of Bangladesh & UAE r not too different 4m India. So these 2 countries r better option than SA. UAE have 2 of the world's modern metropolises- Abu Dhabi & Dubai. Lots of immigrants from South Asia live there. So it'll b great for them. Despite a poor country, infrastructure & facilities won't b a big issue in 3/4 cities among major Bangladeshi cities. Specially Dhaka has many modern facilities. Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet & Narraynganj cities r host cities of either WT20 or Asia Cup or both. So fans of 6/7 cities of these 2 countries deserve to watch the IPL action on their own home stadiums.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Why Pakistan player not take in IPL ,

  • POSTED BY landofcricket on | March 12, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    uae has 43% population from sub continent ..waiting to see their response to this ipl..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 12, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    Welcome ipl to bangladesh

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    Good News. IPL in Dubai,Abudhabi & Sharjah. I can not wait for this. Looking forward to see the schedule and plan for CSK Matches in Dubai.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    i dissapointing why they not considered sl

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | March 12, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    My wish list: (1) Matches should be played in UAE, Bangladesh and Singapore every year. Flying to these places is as easy as Intra-India flying. (2) Two more franchises should be in (3) Five overseas players per team (4) Pakistan players should be included. Then it will be great fun.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    I have a reservation that the 3rd phase of the tournament might face the rain washouts.

  • POSTED BY TheUltimateTruth on | March 12, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    A 4 p.m. India time game start would be 2:30 p.m. in the UAE -- oppressively hot for the players at that time. Even the 2nd game will be bad since the start has to be at 6:30 p.m. South Africa would have been so much better -- not sure the crowds would have been any worse. Since TV money is the big thing, they should just make the tickets free (or almost free) and try to fill the stadiums that way. I think Lorgat is still out of favor? Also, I don't know the feasibility of the following, but why not limit the number of venues in India and hire private security whenever state provided security is not available?

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Bangladesh and uae is the good choice for cricket , people loves cricket more than anything here

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 12, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Sonu..Bangladesh is indeed the right choice.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    In India teams play many matches in the home ground.Home team gets lot of support. But in U.A.E it will be like neutral ground and both the teams get equal support.But players may have to suffer in extreamly high temperature

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 12, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    I suppose it wasnt a coincidence that Sri Lanka wasnt even considered. I am pretty sure the recent wave of anti-India sentiment amongst Sri Lankan fans and SLC efforts to put a spanner in the works, played a big role. Guess what goes around, comes around.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    can some match in srilanka

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    ohh yess its an amazing news for cricket fans in UAE, to witness the IPL flavour.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    Way not Sri Lanka, hmm seam to be this is FIRST shout from India. They don't like Sri Lanka

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Being in Dubai for last 6+ years, have missed watching live IPL matches in all these years.. Hopefully this year should be able to watch this live in Dubai. Im sure there will be enough crowd to fill the stadiums with large expat population from Sub Continent living here. CSK matches are something to look forward to and hopefully the schedule has some matches of CSK in Dubai.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    I do not think bangladesh is good choice..

  • POSTED BY Procter on | March 12, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    What this proves is that IPL is huge. Its need for police and security is like no other event India hosts outsides of Kumbh mela and General Elections. Should keep critics of IPL who think its a nothin event quiet now.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Due to the different legs at different locations in the tournament, the teams will lose the much sought after "Home Advantage". This will surely help in the best teams proceeding to the latter stages of the tournament.

    Also Both UAE and Bangladesh are cricket mad nations and will catch the imagination of the fans. So we can expect sell-outs in many matches resulting in healthy profits for the franchises.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | March 12, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    @ TNAmarkFromIndia: We pay more than you do. Dont believe it why dont you come over here and watch some matches

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Betting will be easier in UAE :D

  • POSTED BY harrywhy on | March 12, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    friends, cant we shift our election.. in south africa..?

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Summer in UAE is start already and it will be very difficult for players to play in UAE. Specially at day time match. Very bad decision. Should move to SA.

  • POSTED BY Udendra on | March 12, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    glad that its played in UAE. Bigger grounds mean hard earned wins & quality cricket.

  • POSTED BY Munnasa on | March 12, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    People of UAE will come to know the taste of IPL.

  • POSTED BY teju666 on | March 12, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    The real question is what is Bangladesh giving BCCI in return for letting BCCI conduct the event there? How lucrative is Bangladesh to sponsors? First Asia Cup, then ICC T20 and possible IPL. The Bangladesh cricket board must be jumping up and down but what price are they paying for this generosity??

  • POSTED BY landofcricket on | March 12, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    good idea,i still believe every year they can have some matches(20%) in uae,bangla,sa,even in eng for promoting this event..all these countries has decent number of indian people too...

  • POSTED BY ziggy500 on | March 12, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Not a good decision. Not trying to pluck any strings, but crowds in UAE are mediocre at best, and it will be difficult to inspire anything better considering none of the PAK or AFG players are taking part. They should have held it in SA then BD, but considering only Shakib is playing from the BD players it will be hard to get any non KKR matches packed, however the lure of IPL can sway BD crowds to show us otherwise. Idealy it should have been all to SA, but perhaps an even better idea is making the tournament only 1 month and play it all in India with a delayed start. The tournament is too long, and T20 cricket is only fun in small bursts. After the first 2 weeks I lose all interest and just wait for the final. With it only being one month, the ECB can be influenced to release more players from county in future, or even a shift a later start for the county season (highly unlikely). 1 month IPL will be a win-win for everybody.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 12, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Hopefully Pakistan is in upcoming IPL

  • POSTED BY muzika_tchaikovskogo on | March 12, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    For people like me living in UAE, this is a dream come true.

  • POSTED BY TNAmarkFromIndia on | March 12, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Ezhilvanan Arunachalam, New Zealand or England? And are you going to pay for the travel and expenses of all those players halfway across the world? And would you wake up in the wee hours of the night to watch a live IPL match? Think before you speak.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 12, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    Now IPL and Indian goverment has got no excuse not to add Pakistani players. No security concern in UAE in for Pakistani players...

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Gud work by ipl officials.. south africa was oficially ruled out sometime ago for 2 reasons.. they wantes to host the whole ipl and second, the low turnout of fans. And weather is also not guaranteed. guys commenting about hosting matches in Nz and uk..u shud take a note that in uk the county championship will be played during that period and NZ is ruled out bcoz of massive zonal time difference..

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    I dont know how player will play in the temperature going over 40 C..

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Wow it would be the first time, that an Indian Domestic league will be held in three different Countries(possibly Bangladesh). we will be looking Forward to watch it................................

  • POSTED BY TNAmarkFromIndia on | March 12, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    Bangladesh? Do they actually pay for their tickets over there or are they let in for free?

  • POSTED BY philipsmgp on | March 12, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    I really Thought South Africa would have been apt.....

  • POSTED BY dharm9831 on | March 12, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    Thats Great news for all Indian cricket team fans in UAE

  • POSTED BY angizz on | March 12, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    UAE boasts of some excellent world class venues. Really excited to look forward to the 1st leg ..

  • POSTED BY Avidcricketlover on | March 12, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    This is a welcome initiative. In future champions league T20 will have home and away games !!!

    Also it would make it interesting particularly when the tournament will happen in India, Australia and SouthAfrica or England. All three have different conditions and requires different skillsets. When that happens, IPL will become a more serious cricketing competition than now and no one will complain of the quality of cricket played.

  • POSTED BY London_Meistry on | March 12, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Thought as much, I knew all along that it was not headed to SA!

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  • POSTED BY on | March 17, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    when they will release IPL schedule we are exciting to see the IPL schedule

  • POSTED BY Jimmyvida on | March 14, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Let's see what the crowds will be like in UAE. From what I see on TV the grounds in UAE appear to be MUD tracks. I thought cricket at this level was supposed to be played on TURF wickets. But UAE is where the rich lives and I guess that is all that was important in making the final decision.

  • POSTED BY on | March 14, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    @MZM 149.......very sour grapes...!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 14, 2014, 1:32 GMT

    @Charlie...have some tea. BTW, 49ers are not going to win next year either. We will make sure that....go hawks!!!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 13, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    Franchise cricket is going to be the future. The number of teams should be increased to atleast 20 and should be a year long event like in football. Indian fans would prefer this over seeing the national team walloped time and again abroad.

  • POSTED BY on | March 13, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    For this IPL-7 Surprising and Lucky that the Cricket Game FIRST LEG which will be the First and Fresh Taste will be holed by WE United Arab Emirates. Hip Hip Hooray. Then the IPL-7 Cricket Game MIDDLE LEG which will be Tasted by the Minnows of Cricket Bangla Desh. Trust if I am a Bangla Deshi Spectator, I will certainly wont go and watch IPL, Why Bcos Bangla Deshi's are not aware of Indian's or India's Local Cricketers and so much so there is only One Cricketer from Bangal Desh Shakib Al Hassan features in IPL, rest of the Bangla Deshi Cricketers will applaud or not which is to be seen. And the LAST LEG of the IPL-7,which will be tasted by WE-Indians, surely will be STALE, certainly not be the Taste as a Cricketer or a Spectator I think. Certainly IPL-7 will be greatest Loss Set-Back for BCCI, I Feel.

  • POSTED BY on | March 13, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    Isn't it hypocrisy of BCCI not to play International matches in UAE and no hesitation conducting IPL for their own benefit !!!!

  • POSTED BY caught_knott_bowled_old on | March 13, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Excellent. Now the UAE will also get an opportunity to watch the Chennai Super Kings Live!

  • POSTED BY cpur on | March 13, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    Yeah -- Bangladesh matches - 1 may to 12 may will be base on huge supporters. world will be seen how the huge supporters coming around the 64 districts of Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | March 13, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    Very excited to see IPL is coming in UAE... MI is gonna rock.

  • POSTED BY London_Meistry on | March 12, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Thought as much, I knew all along that it was not headed to SA!

  • POSTED BY Avidcricketlover on | March 12, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    This is a welcome initiative. In future champions league T20 will have home and away games !!!

    Also it would make it interesting particularly when the tournament will happen in India, Australia and SouthAfrica or England. All three have different conditions and requires different skillsets. When that happens, IPL will become a more serious cricketing competition than now and no one will complain of the quality of cricket played.

  • POSTED BY angizz on | March 12, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    UAE boasts of some excellent world class venues. Really excited to look forward to the 1st leg ..

  • POSTED BY dharm9831 on | March 12, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    Thats Great news for all Indian cricket team fans in UAE

  • POSTED BY philipsmgp on | March 12, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    I really Thought South Africa would have been apt.....

  • POSTED BY TNAmarkFromIndia on | March 12, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    Bangladesh? Do they actually pay for their tickets over there or are they let in for free?

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Wow it would be the first time, that an Indian Domestic league will be held in three different Countries(possibly Bangladesh). we will be looking Forward to watch it................................

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    I dont know how player will play in the temperature going over 40 C..

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Gud work by ipl officials.. south africa was oficially ruled out sometime ago for 2 reasons.. they wantes to host the whole ipl and second, the low turnout of fans. And weather is also not guaranteed. guys commenting about hosting matches in Nz and uk..u shud take a note that in uk the county championship will be played during that period and NZ is ruled out bcoz of massive zonal time difference..

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 12, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    Now IPL and Indian goverment has got no excuse not to add Pakistani players. No security concern in UAE in for Pakistani players...

IPL 2014 news March 12, 2014

IPL starts in UAE on April 16, ends in India on June 1

Nagraj Gollapudi
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The IPL will start on April 16 in the UAE and is likely to be held in three phases across three countries, ending in India on June 1. A detailed schedule of dates and venues is yet to be finalised but an IPL announcement said that the first 16 matches would be held in the UAE from April 16 followed by a set of matches between May 1 and 12 to be held in either Bangladesh or, the Indian Home Ministry permitting, in India.

The announcement brought to an end a long period of speculation over the final venue. The problem arose because the tournament dates coincided with the Indian elections, scheduled from April 7 to May 12, and brought security and related issues. At the end of the players' auction in Bangalore in February, senior IPL officials had stated that the primary objective was always to hold the maximum number of matches in India. But the Indian Home Ministry made it clear that it would not be possible to provide the required security for the tournament during the elections.

However, the BCCI presented the Indian government with an alternative plan in which the tournament would return to India in early May, by when seven of the nine polling dates would have passed. The board's statement said it had approached the federal Ministry of Home Affairs for permission to play IPL matches in India from May 1-12 in cities where the polling has concluded. "If it is not possible to play in India during this period, IPL matches will be held in Bangladesh," the statement said.

If the board's request is accepted, the tournament will return to India after the UAE leg and remain there till the final. There will be no matches on May 16, the day set aside for counting of all the votes in the election.

The idea is to take minimum number of matches abroad. We want to hold at least 40 matches in 30 days. From April 16 to 30 we have to go out. Our primary objective has been to play as many matches as possible in India. Now it is clear that we will have to be out for at least two weeks," a BCCI official told ESPNCricinfo.

Immediately after the auction Ranjib Biswal, the IPL chairman, along with the BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel, had announced that South Africa would be the first choice in case the tournament were to be displaced overseas. However the BCCI official said that South Africa posed a lot of challenges in case the tournament had to be shifted only for a couple of weeks. "It is not feasible to go to South Africa for about 15-odd days because you also need to give a break of minimum three days due to logistics and travel. So a better alternative is hold the tournament in either UAE or Bangladesh," the officials said.

Asked why UAE was picked as the venue for the first set of matches, Biswal said Bangladesh would not be ready in April, having hosted two back-to-back multi-team tournaments. "Bangladesh has just finished hosting the Asia Cup and will now be busy till the first week of April with the World T20. So the pitches would be weary," Biswal said.

Incidentally, at the end of the auction in February, it is understood the BCCI president N Srinivasan sought the opinion from all the franchises on hosting matches in the UAE. Most franchises were happy especially due to the Gulf nation's proximity to India, but a few did check on the perception of the match-fixing cloud still around the UAE. But Biswal said that the IPL had done a through recce of the venues at UAE and got assurances.

"The government of UAE has given us assurances that they would be giving us adequate facilities, including security during the tournament," Biswal said.

The UAE had been a popular venue for Indian cricket in the '80s and '90s but the Indian national team has generally avoided playing in the UAE since the match-fixing scandal of 2000. India have featured in only two ODIs there in the past decade.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo