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SBD Global/March 13, 2014/Events and Attractions
UAE Chosen To Host First Stage Of Indian Premier League Twenty20
Published March 13, 2014
FURTHER CONCERNS: The HINDUSTAN TIMES reported the BCCI’s decision to hold the IPL matches in a place notorious for match fixing and betting "will come under severe scrutiny." Incidentally, "fixing and betting were the reasons why the Indian cricket board had snapped all its cricketing ties with the UAE." The drastic step "was taken after the match-fixing scandal broke out" in '00. The Anti-Corruption Security Unit of the BCCI "is now bracing up for the challenges ahead," especially in light of the spot-fixing and betting scandal "that rocked the cash-rich tournament last year" (HINDUSTAN TIMES, 3/12). TNN reported Richardson "also assured of providing all the necessary helps to successfully conduct the IPL," said that the ICC "was ready to support the successful staging of the IPL 2014 matches in its home country." Richardson: "Recognizing the importance of the integrity of the competition, the ICC will provide its full support for the matches in the UAE, including through the provision of anti-corruption services" (TNN, 3/12). In London, Andy Wilson reported it is the second time in seven seasons that the IPL "has been forced to find alternative locations because of a clash with elections." In '09 the whole tournament "was played in South Africa" (GUARDIAN, 3/12).