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SBD Global/January 29, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies

UAE Home Ministry Refuses To Comment On Indian Premier League Move To UAE

The UAE federal home ministry on Tuesday "refused to comment on the possibility of the upcoming edition of the popular Indian Premier League" being held in the UAE, according to Ajay Jha of GULF NEWS. A senior official of the UAE federal home ministry said, "It’s a hypothesis which doesn’t require comment. The Board of Control for Cricket in India is yet to formally approach us, which is a prerequisite before we assess the possibility of providing security for the event." Sources in the BCCI, however, said that "staging the upcoming edition of IPL in the UAE is just one of the options." Neighbors Bangladesh and Sri Lanka "are the other choices." However, BCCI sources said that "taking the event to Bangladesh is risky due to the unstable law-and-order situation in the country, leaving the final choice between Sri Lanka and UAE" (GULF NEWS, 1/28).
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