The sec of the board Jay Shah dropped the first look of the Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed cricket stadium. In the pictures shared on Twitter on Wednesday, the swanky stadium looks all set to welcome the squads on September 19. The caption of the post reads, “3 more days to go! What a spectacular and breathtaking view from the stadiums in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. United Arab Emirates looks all set to host the most awaited tournament of the year #IPL2020. The world is ready, so are we! @IPL @BCCI @SGanguly99 @ThakurArunS”.
The countdown has started. Get ready for the best 20-20 in 2020. UAE is all set to host the most exciting cricket league.
— Thakur Arun Singh (@ThakurArunS) September 16, 2020
On the other hand Dubai International Stadium received a thumbs-up from the top brass of the BCCI including president Sourav Ganguly, who visited the stadium as part of their inspection routine. The Dubai venue will be staging 24 league matches of the IPL 2020. A day after doing a recce of the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, former Indian skipper Ganguly took a tour of the Dubai stadium alongwith Arun Dhumal, treasurer of BCCI, interim CEO Hemang Amin and other senior officials.
‘‘Ganguly, along with the other officials, are satisfied with the state of readiness of the stadia for the matches. The matches will be held without spectators for now while media, apart from the TV crew of the official broadcasters, are also not allowed for now,’’ sources confirmed.
Meanwhile, Rajeev Shukla, an erstwhile chairman of IPL, reserved high words of praise for the way the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) lived up to the challenge of hosting the entire league under challenging circumstances. ‘‘BCCI had waited till the last minute before moving the league overseas as the coronavirus situation spiralled out of control. They deserve kudos for taking up the challenge,’’ said Shukla.