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April 11, 2014

Will the IPL suffer a dip in interest because of the first phase being held in UAE?


The IPL buzz that normally sets in in India will be absent until the second leg of the tournament beings. The attendance in UAE is also unlikely to match the numbers normally seen in India.


The IPL is a made-for-TV spectacle, and the timing of the games in UAE will be ideal for fans from India to tune in. UAE's expat population will support the tournament, and interest levels in India will also be quite high by the time the second phase begins.


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April 18, 2014, 9:36 GMT


def it would be a dampner

April 13, 2014, 5:01 GMT

Mohammed Hasif

Since it is the first-leg of the tournament, it wouldn't affect the interest levels. As the IPL approaches business end of the tournament, the action would shift to India. This will augur wel for both Indian public and players as well.

April 11, 2014, 20:25 GMT


IPL as the name goes it is Indian premier league so it is going to hurt a little bit but because of its global appeal it is going to be compensated in the form of increased TRP and this time it is going to be very exciting to watch clash between the titans as all teams seems to be very strategically and tactically chosen....I myself is supporting Kings11 because of presence of johnson, maxwell, marsh, sehwag and captain bailey.....looking forward to lots of firework but a very clean and fair IPL this time!!!

April 11, 2014, 16:59 GMT


It wouldn't have a dip at all had Pakistani players been allowed to play. IPL has been suffering with viewership issues since the exclusion if Pakistani players. Its missing the likes of Saeed Ajmal, Shehzad, Afridi, Hafeez etc.

April 16, 2014, 13:02 GMT


No, I don't there will be a dip in the interest because IPL has become a success althrough these years...cricket loving people have a great interest in IPL..Even when IPL was conducted in SA, people from India as well as all over the world had flown over to enjoy this cricketing extravaganza..In UAE, the number of Indians are huge and they will surely come to get entertained because it has been high time that Indain team has played an international match there.....For the TV viewers ,it will be an yet another IPL season to cherish for.....it's time to fly over to UAE for those amazing SIXES and mind numbing final overs...

April 16, 2014, 1:50 GMT


I donot think the, interest will come down.Cricket lovers wants to follow the game even in UAE where lot of people follow this sport. Also timing has been good as most of the students would have finished their exams in India and look for this. Many players also wants to give their best to justify their bidding amount and it would be great fun to watch these matches...

However,Cricket is getting further evolved and we will not be surprised that very soon there will be Ten overs -TEN TEN matches which will be much shorter and might be even more exciting...

April 13, 2014, 10:36 GMT

M. Kamran

This might actually be a blessing in disguise for the league. IPL viewership has been dwindling over the year, and part of it could be attributed to the viewer fatigue that comes with watching a tournament with upwards of 50 matches. And also related to how much a stadium-goer can shell out for a season of IPL. Having the first leg of the tournament in UAE will keep the Indian viewers fresh and wanting for the business end of the tournament where a lot more is riding on the results of the matches.

April 11, 2014, 14:43 GMT


The UAE population has been deprived of Indian cricket for the last few years. There is a huge IPL following in the expatriate population in the UAE. A week before the tournament, tickets are extremely difficult to come by. I believe IPL in the UAE will be a huge success.

April 11, 2014, 13:09 GMT


But IPL moving over to sky next year definitely will.

April 11, 2014, 13:08 GMT

Sai Pavan

The IPL will have its own crowds. For me its like small entertainment after office for sometime. Even T20 matches are becoming boring and have a long duration of 3 hrs.