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Indian Premier League in the UAE has outlived expectations


The IPL7 has been a great success in UAE as a sell-out crowd watched all the matches even during working days. With the tickets for the remaining two games sold-out, the country, is becoming a fast destination for future international cricket tournaments. Photo - BCCI

Dubai: With two more matches left to be played, the UAE leg of 2014 Pepsi Indian Premier League (IPL) has already become a grand success with a large turnout of fans at all the three venues hosting the cash-rich tournament.

Speaking to Times Sport, a delighted Ranjib Biswal, the chairman of IPL, said the UAE has surpassed the expectations by organising the event in a grand manner. "We were in a double mind before finalising the venues here, primarily because we were doubtful about the crowd response. But it has surprised us that almost all the matches have been a sell-out.

"In fact, many had expressed apprehensions that we may not attract crowds on working days. It has really surprised us to find that seats are full even on working days. Overall, we are totally satisfied hosting the event here," Biswal said.

A sell-out crowd of 27,000 watched the last double-header matches in Sharjah on Sunday. According to sources, the tickets have already been sold out for the remaining two games despite it being a working day.  

"It is a fantastic piece of news that we will once again be putting up the "house-full" signs at the Dubai Sports City for the remaining game in the IPL," said Maqbul Dudhia, general manager of Sports Business at Dubai Sports City.

"Everyone is happy with the facilities for not only playing but also training here.Everywhere, be it Abu Dhabi, Sharjah or Dubai, top class facilities were provided.

"We have been receiving a good response from everyone, including the fans who received their money's worth in this IPL," Dudhia added.

The penultimate game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals will be held today at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi while the final game between the defending champions, Mumbai Indians, and Sunrisers Hyderabad will be held tomorrow in Dubai.

Mazhar Khan, the managing director of Sharjah Cricket Stadium that staged its last matches on Sunday, said the success of IPL would attract more international tournaments to the UAE.

"We have now raised the bar by hosting this IPL successfully. So this will certainly be an advantage and the chances of the UAE hosting more such tournaments are high," Khan informed.

To get in touch with the reporter: nishad@timesofoman.com

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