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IPL: BCCI 'happy' with venues in UAE

Posted on Mar 22 2014 | IBNS

Mumbai, Mar 23 : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) 's venue inspection team on Saturday expressed happiness over the facilities present in the venues in UAE where some matches of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) will be held.

The team visited venues in UAE where the matches will be played.

The team comprised of M.V. Sridhar, GM - Cricket Operations, BCCI, and P.R. Vishwanathan, Curator, BCCI.

The officials visited the Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, and Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

They also visited the ICC Academy at Dubai.

"The primary purpose of the exercise was to assess the ground conditions, status of the pitches, outfield and practice facilities, at the venues. The team also inspected the facilities that are in place for the players, match officials and umpires, including the dressing-rooms and medical arrangements," BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement.

The venue Inspections were followed by a meeting with the Venue Officials and Curators, at the ICC Academy, on Mar 22.

Patel said the IPL guidelines and pitch requirements were explained and elaborated upon during the meeting.

"We are very happy with the facilities at the venues that will be hosting the UAE leg of the Pepsi IPL 2014. The infrastructure is on par with any of the leading international venues. Considering the amount of cricket that has been played at these venues in the recent past, the ground and pitch maintenance is noteworthy. We are confident that the facilities and ground conditions will provide the platform for an exciting first leg of the Pepsi IPL 2014," M.V. Sridhar said.

The Venue Inspection Team will be planning the training schedules of all eight teams participating in the Pepsi IPL 2014, in coordination with the venues.

Patel said: "All eight sides will be allotted a reasonable number of playing and training schedules at the venues, in the afternoons, as well as evenings (under floodlights)."

The teams are expected to arrive in the UAE in the second week of April.

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