UAE gears up for Indian Premier League as online ticket sale starts
The first phase of the Indian Premier League will be held in the Emirates from April 16 to April 30. The first half of the IPL had to be shifted as the dates would clash with the general elections in India.
The online sale of tickets for the seventh edition of the IPL, the first half of which has been shifted due to the general elections in India, will start on Thursday.
The tickets will be available on www.iplt20.com and www.ticketmaster.ae.
They will also be available at select Lulu Hypermarkets in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, from April 6 while stadium box-office sales will start on April 10. The first leg of the IPL has been shifted out due to a clash of dates with the general elections scheduled from April 7 to May 12. (Mumbai Indians to face Kolkata Knight Riders in opener)
The tickets will be available in different denominations. The minimum price for the Abu Dhabi matches is AED (United Arab Emirates Dirham) 20 for a single match, and AED 30 for double-headers.
In Dubai, a ticket for one match will start at AED 30, and AED 50 for double-headers. In Sharjah, tickets will start at AED 30 for a single match, and AED 40 for the double-headers.
Eight teams will compete between April 16 and April 30 at three different venues in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
The first of 20 matches of the UAE leg will be played on April 16 at the Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, with reigning champions Mumbai Indians taking on Kolkata Knight Riders, the 2012 winners.
"I have spent a lot of time over the years in this wonderful country and it is great to see the excitement and buzz being generated prior to a tournament of this magnitude, here in the UAE," said Sunil Gavaskar, interim president BCCI-IPL, said. (IPL 7: Top five challenges for Gavaskar)
Chairman of the IPL governing council Ranjib Biswal said the event would be exciting for the cricketing fraternity and people of the UAE.
"I want to thank the UAE government, the Emirates Cricket Board, the administrations of Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, as well as the three sports councils, for their support and commitment to host the IPL. The 20 matches to be played in the UAE will feature top cricketers from all over the world. I am sure that the opportunity to witness their heroes in action will prompt them to flock to the stadiums," he said.
The Emirates Cricket Board has a proven track record in terms of hosting significant cricket series and tournaments. The ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2014, was held here recently.