Kerala Premier League Blossoms In UAE, With Four New Teams Expected Next Year
Kerala Premier League has now "bloomed into the biggest domestic competition in the UAE," according to Amith Passela of THE NATIONAL. The cricket league began with eight teams last year before expanding to 12 teams in the second season. It is now "expected to rise to 16 next year." KPL Chair Paul Joseph said, "The first year was a trial and now the plan is to expand the KPL beyond Dubai, perhaps with games played in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi." The KPL also has "received backing" from the Kerala state government and the involvement of the Kerala Tourism Department as one of the sponsors in both seasons. Joseph: "With two successful stagings of the KPL, we are now looking ahead long term. We have already started work on the next staging and looking at all possibilities of expanding it beyond Dubai" (THE NATIONAL, 12/3).