Sports Ministry okays IPL in UAE; MEA, MHA nod awaited

The Board of Control for Cricket in India is heading step by step towards the UAE with the Indian Premier League 2020.

On the day Emirates Cricket Board has confirmed the receipt of a formal nod from the BCCI to stage the IPL 2020, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has also reportedly given a go ahead for organising the matches in the Emirates.

The BCCI on Monday has reportedly received the mandatory clearance from the sports ministry to conduct the IPL 2020 in the UAE, English daily The New Indian Express has reported.

The sports ministry nod will be subject to clearance by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Home Affairs.

As a standard operating procedure, clearance from all the three ministries is mandatory for getting the Government of India’s permission to host a sports event. While Ministry of Sports grants the license to the event, declaring it a fair competition, MEA nod is mandatory for clearance on the involvement of people and associations from the other countries, while the Home Ministry gives its nod on the safety and security aspects.

The IPL Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel has announced to host the IPL 2020 in the UAE from September 19 to November 8. The BCCI will make the formal confirmation following the IPL GC nod, expected by the coming Saturday.

The board has also sought the Government of India nod to allow it to organise the league in the UAE since the situation in the country is not conducive to host the 60 games, involving eight teams.

After the Government of India confirmation, following clearance from the MEA and the MHA, the board will reportedly also get sports ministries’ approval on the Standard Operating Procedures before sharing those with the IPL franchisees.

These permissions are mandatory for initiating the visa and travel formalities.

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