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Cricket: Caribbean Premier League shifted to accommodate Indian Premier League in UAE

IPL|: Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt has confirmed that the dates of the Caribbean Premier League had been tweaked in consultation with the Board of Control for Cricket in India to accommodate the remaining matches of the Indian Premier League, which was suspended on May 4 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CPL was scheduled to commence on August 28 and end on September 19, but it will now be played at St Kitts & Nevis between August 26 and September 15. IPL in UAE: Eight double-headers, start likely on September 18-19 IPL 2021's resumption suffers first casualty as Pat Cummins pulls out Masterstroke with Mr Cricket UAE: Anis Sajan has a moment to savour with Sourav Ganguly IPL 2021: Will the UAE leg see top England, Australia stars? Several cricketers who play in the Caribbean league, will now be able to fly to the UAE to play for their teams in the IPL, which has a playing window between September 19 and October 15. A CWI statement said on Tuesday that, “President of Cricket West Indies, Ricky Skerritt, has confirmed that CWI, the BCCI and the CPL engaged in talks for a tweaked CPL schedule to accommodate the second phase of the IPL.” Had the dates not been altered, some of the well-known IPL stars such as South Africans Faf du Plessis, Chris Morris and Imran Tahir would have had a hard time choosing between the CPL and IPL as the dates of the two tournaments would have clashed. West Indies’ Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer are among the West Indian IPL stars who also play in the CPL. Shakib Al Hasan and Anrich Nortje also play in both the CPL and IPL. “Both IPL and CPL are important to CWI, to our cricketers and to fans. CWI’s role was to facilitate arrangements for a non-overlapping and smooth transition from one tournament to the next. Cricket administrators must collaborate if cricket is to survive the risks and costs of COVID-19,” Skerrit said. All 33 matches of the CPL will be played at Warner Park with a cap of 50 per cent capacity for vaccinated spectators.

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Video: Mohammed bin Rashid announces the 100-day countdown for the Expo 2020 Dubai

Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Wednesday announced the countdown for Expo 2020 Dubai, the world’s largest cultural event to convene the global community towards creating solutions for a better future. In 100 days, the UAE will be the first country in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region to host a World Expo in the largest global gathering since the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Expo 2020 Dubai, set to begin on October 1, is expected to attract more than 25 million visitors from all over the world to discover life-changing innovations. The mega event aims to drive collaboration and innovation to develop real-life solutions as the world heads into a post-pandemic economic recovery. Gathering of 192 countries Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum tweeted: “100 days to go for Expo 2020 Dubai, the world’s largest cultural event. 100 days to go for the gathering of 192 nations in Dubai in the biggest global event since the outset of the pandemic to usher in a new phase of recovery.” “50,000 employees have set up 192 pavilions and 30,000 volunteers are ready to welcome the world at Expo 2020 Dubai.” Read More Expo 2020 Dubai to rally the world for gender equality at Women’s Pavilion Israel pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai Where to see Swiss Pavilion ahead of Expo 2020 Dubai Road map for post COVID-19 era Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum added: “Expo 2020 Dubai will provide the space for the largest and most inclusive cultural and knowledge exchange in the world.” He noted that “Expo 2020 Dubai will pave the road map for key economic, development and cultural trends of the post-Covid-19 era.” “Our success in hosting the world’s largest cultural event reflects the power of human solidarity in overcoming the pandemic.” He added: “The global community is preparing for a new stage of collaboration by harnessing science and technology to combat the pandemic. Expo 2020 Dubai provides the platform for sharing knowledge and innovations.” “Through Expo 2020 Dubai, the UAE is bridging cultures and galvanising efforts and aspirations towards creating a better future for everyone.” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum added: “People from every corner of the globe are welcome to join the once-in-a-lifetime inspiring and enlightening experience that pays testament to human creativity. We will meet at Expo 2020 Dubai.” Expo Dubai: Global Milestones Expo 2020 Dubai sets multiple milestones as the first World Expo to be held in the MEASA region in the 170-year history of the mega events. It will also be the first global event since the advent of the coronavirus outbreak. In another first, every participating nation will have its own pavilion. Countries will be clustered not by their geography, but under Expo 2020s three subthemes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability — areas seen as essential to building a better future for humanity. More than 200 nations, multilateral organisations, businesses and educational establishments will come together to develop innovative solutions to pressing challenges facing the world. The diversity of participating nations and organisations makes Expo 2020 Dubai the most inclusive and international World Expo ever to be organised. The UAE will host the mega event with tight Covid-19 precautionary measures and a safe environment where about 90% of the population have been vaccinated against Covid-19, positioning the country among the top five nations in the vaccine distribution rate. Connecting Minds, Creating the Future Expo 2020 Dubai will run from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 under the slogan “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.” The mega event gains exceptional significance amid the Covid-19 outbreak as the call for collaboration and knowledge exchange has never been more urgent to drive action and develop practical solutions to pressing challenges. It will galvanise the global community under the vision that true prosperity for people stem from collaboration. UAE Golden Jubilee Expo 2020 Dubai coincides with the UAE’s Golden Jubilee, presenting an excellent opportunity to share the UAE’s successful experience and inspiring story with the world. Through the event, the UAE will forge new partnerships with multinational and international corporations to drive its development journey of the next 50 years. Over its six-month duration, Expo 2020 Dubai showcase the latest innovations in a variety of fields that will have a meaningful and positive impact on people’s lives