Roughly three weeks ahead of the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) 13th edition, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders announced their arrival in Dubai to begin training camps.
20 days remaining ahead of IPL 2020
There’s a great deal of anticipation surrounding the IPL as cricket came to a standstill in the wake of Coronavirus last March, just weeks ahead of the tournament’s 13th edition. Given the state of the pandemic in India, the IPL’s Governing Council started exploring the possibilities of hosting the league in countries with few cases, deciding between the UAE and Sri Lanka until chairman Brijesh Patel announced the 2020 edition will be played in the UAE in July. The last three weeks saw the Governing Council in talks with the Emirates Cricket Board while some teams kicked off with net sessions at their home stadiums.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians will square off versus Chennai Super Kings in the inaugural match on Saturday, 19th September.
IPL’s second edition in the UAE
2014 saw the UAE host one half of the IPL while the Prime Ministerial elections were ongoing in India. Thousands of UAE residents and cricket fans filled up the stands at Dubai Cricket Stadium, Sharjah Cricket Stadium and The Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Not to mention the Emir of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum attended the final IPL match in the UAE too, accompanied by cricketing veteran Sunil Gavaskar.
Photograph credit: Dubai Media Office
Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders arrive in Dubai
If you’re an avid cricket fan, your best chances at spotting this season’s cricketing stars are at the Dubai International Airport (DXB) Terminal 3 as the Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders’ squads landed in the city yesterday at the Emirates Airline-dedicated airport.
Kings XI Punjab recently shared images of their squads in an aeroplane too.
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(Featured photograph credit: Rajasthan Royals)