IPL 2014: BCCI took venues decision after doing extensive recce in Sharjah

The Indian government in 2001 had barred the national team from playing at Sharjah for a period of three years in the light of the findings in the Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal. Three venues across UAE will now host the first leg of the upcoming season of IPL.

updated: March 15, 2014 00:59 IST
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New Delhi: Once the hub of match-fixing activities, Sharjah is one of the three UAE venues selected for hosting IPL 2014's first phase matches, but BCCI officials say the Board took the decision after getting assurances from the UAE government and carrying out extensive recce.

According to the Board, there was no point singling out Sharjah only as corrupt activities can take place in any venue across the world. (Read: BCCI's decision foxes IPL franchises)

"In India the bookies are more active too. Are there not bookies in South Africa? What guarantee do we have anywhere?" a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying in 'ESPNcricinfo'.

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