In a issue dated 7 January 2014, a published report about a cricket event to be played in the Middle East. The BCCI wishes to clarify that this is incorrect Sanjay Patel BCCI Secretary

New Delhi: The Indian cricket board clarified that they are not backing any private seven-a-side league in the United Arab Emirates which is rumoured to be launched by Indian captain MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina.The BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel issued a clarification a report published in a national daily carrying a story in this regard.

“…….., in its issue dated 7 January 2014, has published a report titled ‘Unveiled: A new league that will redefine cricket,’ about a cricket event to be played in the Middle East. The report mentions that the event has the blessings of the BCCI.”The BCCI wishes to clarify that this is incorrect. The ICC has also clarified that the Emirates Cricket Board has not approved such a tournament,” Patel was quoted as saying by the release.

Accoring to reports, backed by a high-flying Indian politician closely associated with Indian cricket, a new seven-a-side corporate cricket league – to be called 7PL – is set to be launched this week. It will be bankrolled by a United Arab Emirates-based conglomerate, and if everything goes as planned, is all set to get underway this year.Dhoni is the chief brand ambassador of the league and the official announcement is expected in Dubai this week. 7PL, it is learnt, has the blessings of the ICC and the BCCI.

However, it will not be an ICC recognised tournament, sources said. The league – that aims to further shrink the number of overs in a game – will be played between seven teams, each representing the seven Emirates of the UAE – Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Sharjah, Ras al-Khaimah and Umm al-Qaiwain.
The teams will have players from seven countries.

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