BCCI president Sourav Ganguly reached UAE before the start of the Indian Premier League. He is looking at the preparations of the IPL as season 13 is only a few days away.
The former Indian captain completed his mandatory quarantine period and is now reviewing the final preparations for the IPL.
Ganguly took a tour at the iconic Sharjah Stadium in UAE on Monday and posted pictures on his social media handle.
He was accompanied by IPL chairman Brijesh Patel and former IPL Chief Rajiv Shukla. Sharjah Cricket Stadium CEO Khalaf Bukhatir and Vice-Chairman Waleed Bukhatir are also seen in the pic.
The iconic Sharjah stadium has witnessed a number of thrillers between India and Pakistan. Stalwarts like Sachin Tendulkar, Shane Warne, Sanath Jayasuriya among others have a good memory of the stadium.
Sourav posted on Instagram,” Famous Sharjah stadium all set to host IPL 2020”
Ganguly blurs image of Pakistani Cricketers
However, what caught the attention of everyone was Ganguly chose to blur the picture of one the Pakistani Cricketer in the background.
The reason behind Ganguly’s move is still not known. Reportedly the blurred image is of Pakistan cricketers Javed Miandad, Rashid Latif, Danish Kaneria, Misbah-ul-Haq among others.
Here is the image of Pakistani cricketer blurred by Ganguly
The BCCI and PCB have had a stressful relationship since the Indian government’s decision not to play bilateral series with Pakistan.
India has stood firm with this view with Pakistan because of the border tensions between the two nations.
The last bilateral series played by the two nations was way back in 2013. Pakistan team led by Misbah-ul-Haq toured India to play 3 ODI’s and 2 T20’s.
Recently PCB officials had accused the BCCI of fiddling with the T20 world cup dates for the sake of IPL. The Pakistan cricket board often complains that the ICC works under the BCCI.
IPL 2020 postponed from March, due to the coronavirus pandemic. UAE is now the host for IPL season 13. Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai are the 3 venues for the IPL. Sharjah will host 12 matches of the IPL this year.