The twenty Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket games played in the UAE in 2014 contributed nearly $40 million to the gross domestic product (GDP) of the emirates, according to a report by the Indo-Asian News service, citing information from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The figure of Rs.250 crore ($39.19 million) was derived from a study undertaken by audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG’s Sports Advisory Group on behalf of the BCCI, the report said.
The matches in the UAE were played in the first half of 2014 and attracted a total attendance of over 250,000, the release added.
“BCCI’s wish was to play as much as possible of the 2014 Pepsi IPL season at home. Once it was clear that we needed to shift the first 20 matches out of India, our team along with IMG, the Emirates Cricket Board and the three stadiums in the UAE worked tirelessly to relocate these matches to the UAE,” BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur was quoted as saying.For all the latest lifestyle news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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