Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - IPL's move to UAE a blessing in disguise for India: Jay Shah. Shah said that playing the IPL in the UAE will serve as "ideal preparation" ahead of the T20 WC
Shah said that playing the IPL in the UAE will serve as "ideal preparation" ahead of the T20 WC
BCCI secretary Jay Shah has called IPL's venue change from India to the UAE a “blessing in disguise”. In a letter to the state associations on Tuesday (September 28), Shah wrote that playing the IPL in the UAE will serve as “ideal preparation” for India ahead of the upcoming T20 WC. The IPL ends on October 15 and the World Cup starts two days later.
“In hindsight, this appears as a blessing in disguise, as with the T20 WC taking place soon after, there cannot be a better preparatory ground than a tournament of IPL's stature,” Shah wrote in the mail to the state units. “I am confident that the second phase of the IPL will provide ideal preparation ahead of the World Cup and will prepare Team India in the best possible manner,” the BCCI secretary further said in a mail inviting the president and secretary of the state units to the play-offs and the final.”
Shah highlighted the efforts that had gone into hosting the tournament in India and how all of it came to naught when the league stood stalled by a string of Covid cases.
“To the outside world this may appear as an exact repeat of last year, when the BCCI hosted the 13th season of the IPL in the UAE. However, only the BCCI and its State Associations know the effort that has gone behind in completing the 14th season of the IPL,” Shah said anticipating no further trouble in the tournament.
“While everything finally seemed alright we were hit by a curve ball. A spate of Covid cases meant the IPL had to be suspended temporarily. All of us pulled through to ensure IPL's return to India, its original home. While we never ruled out the possibility of someone testing midway through the league, we had done our best to tighten loose ends.
“Despite the stringent measures put in place, the bio-bubble was breached by the virus forcing us to suspend the league keeping everyone's health and safety on priority. The BCCI has always stood shoulder to shoulder with its stakeholders, and we breathed easy only when all the players, support staff and match officials reached their respective destinations,” Shah said of the efforts taken to ensure smooth passage of the players and support staff.
Shah also touched upon how the September-October window was locked in. “It was during this challenging phase when some of you reached out to me and expressed confidence in completing the unfinished business. This certainly boosted my confidence and that of my colleagues in the board and we soon began our operations of identifying a suitable window. We reached out to all boards, secured necessary permissions, worked closely with the UAE Government and the Emirates Cricket Board. The window just before ICC Men'sT20 World was identified and immediately locked in,” Shah wrote.