IPL match schedule: Dubai, Abu Dhabi get 7 each; Sharjah 6

The UAE leg of the IPL starting from April 16 will wind up on April 30

The UAE has been awarded the hosting rights of 20 matches in the Indian Premiere League's (IPL) first leg.

Defending champions Mumbai Indians will open the tournament against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 16 in Abu Dhabi.

The IPL Governing Council announced the schedule for the first phase of the tournament on Wednesday.
 
The UAE leg of the IPL, starting from April 16, will wind up on April 30 with Mumbai facing Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai.

"The opening match on April 16 will be played in Abu Dhabi between @mipaltan and @KKRiders (8 pm IST/6:30 pm local)," the IPL organisers announced in a series of tweets.

"20 matches will be played in three stadiums: Sheikh Zayed Stadium- Abu Dhabi, Sharjah CA Stadium, Dubai International Cricket Stadium #PepsiIPL.

"The IPL GC has confirmed that the first phase of the #PepsiIPL 2014 season matches will be played in the UAE from April 16-30," another tweet said.

The second leg of the tournament has been tentatively kept for Bangladesh but could be held in India between May 1-12 if the Indian government agrees to provide security for the event.

The IPL has been refused security as its schedule is clashing with the general elections in the country, slated to be held from April 7 to May 12.
 
The last leg of the IPL from May 13, including the play-offs and the final slated for June 1, will be held in India.

This is the second time the event has had to be held outside India due to elections.
 
In 2009, the entire tournament had to be shifted to South Africa, a country which was in contention to host the event this time too.

Due to fewer teams, the duration of the league has also been shortened this time to 47 days and 60 matches, much less than the 76 games played  last season which was spread over 54 days.

The schedule of the second and third phase of the tournament will be released later.

COMPLETE UAE SCHEDULE:
 
April 16: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi

April 17: Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Sharjah

April 18: Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab in Abu Dhabi
 
April 18: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi

April 19: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians in Dubai

April 19: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils in Dubai
 
April 20: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab in Sharjah

April 21: Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils in Abu Dhabi

April 22: Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in Sharjah
 
April 23: Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings in Dubai

April 24: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Sharjah

April 25: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Daredevils in Dubai
 
April 25: Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians in Dubai

April 26: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi

April 26: Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi
 
April 27: Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians in Sharjah

April 27: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah

April 28: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab in Dubai
 
April 29: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi

April 30: Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai

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