Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches are set to be played in the UAE this winter – with games taking place from September 19 to November 8.
The matches are expected to be held in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, and it’s huge news for cricket fans.
The IPL is usually played in eight cities in India in April and May each year, but this year due to COVID-19 the IPL season was suspended.
Part of the IPL season was played in the UAE in 2014, and sports-lovers will be thrilled to hear it’s coming back.
The export of IPL to the UAE is subject to clearance by the Indian government.
"We have written to the Indian government. We are expecting a reply soon. Once it comes in, an IPL governing council meeting will be called next week to finalise all the other details," said Brijesh Patel, the Chairman of IPL, which is governed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, BCCI. "We will seek the advice of the UAE government if we can have any crowds."