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IPL 7 to take place from 16 April to 1 June, UAE to host first leg

MUMBAI:  The seventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will take place from 16 April to 1 June, with the first half of the tournament comprising 16 matches taking place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 16 to 30 April.

The detailed match schedule for the tournament will be sent out soon.

For the period 1–12 May, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has approached the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) seeking permission to play IPL matches in India in cities where polling has concluded. However, if it is not possible to play in India during this period, IPL matches will be held in Bangladesh.

“The BCCI is extremely conscious of the various complexities involved but hopes for a favourable consideration. The BCCI will abide by the decision of the authorities in this regard,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement.

From 13 May (once polling has concluded in all states), the remaining league matches plus the playoffs will be played in India. There will be no matches scheduled on the counting day of 16 May.

“The BCCI will take the advice of the authorities if any further restrictions are required around the counting day,” Patel added.

“The BCCI’s decision to stage the first part of the IPL 2014 season in the UAE is great news for the people of the UAE and the region. It will complete a remarkable season of cricket in the UAE which has already seen the successful staging of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2013 and the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2014,” he said.

Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has welcomed the decision of the BCCI to stage IPL matches in the UAE.

“This news comes on the heels of the on-field success of the UAE national team which has qualified for both the ICC World Twenty20 2014 in Bangladesh and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand, and has the potential to propel cricket’s profile to new heights in the country,” ICC CEO David Richardson said.

Richardson, who is based in the UAE at the ICC headquarters in Dubai Sports City, said the ICC was ready to support the successful staging of the IPL 2014 matches in its home country.

“Recognising the importance of the integrity of the competition, the ICC will provide its full support for the matches in the UAE, including through the provision of anti-corruption services. It will also be a good opportunity for both the BCCI and the ICC to share knowledge and experience as we both strive to deliver memorable events to cricket fans around the world.”