IPL can pave way for Pakistan-India series

ISLAMABAD: Emirates Cricket Board and Abu Dhabi Cricket Club CEO, David East has said that hosting the IPL could pave the way for Pakistan-India series in the UAE, Khaleej Times reported.

“I think it is going to be water-shed moment, really. We have been hosting a huge number of international cricket matches here in the last 12 months and for the last 10 years.

But this is probably the biggest thing that has ever happened in terms of a single cricket event. And is the biggest thing to ever happen in the UAE. It is going to be a remarkable experience.

“We have also learnt a lot from it about how IPL stage this event. We will learn all the way through the tournament,” East said as the Kolkata Knight Riders squad took part in a practice session at the Shaikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.

East felt that a successful event here could go some way in convincing the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that an India-Pakistan series could be held in the UAE. “It could happen,” East said.

“Hopefully, what this will demonstrate to the BCCI is that we are fit and ready to be able to stage these matches and this is a good place to come.

And it is a place where the Indian cricket family is very welcome and well supported and I would very much like to think that this could pave the way for further Indian involvement here in the UAE.”