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All eyes on Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings as Indian Premier League gets set for Dubai debut

The opening game between the Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings takes place on Saturday in Abu Dhabi and one Scot will have a particular vested interest.

Dougie Brown has enjoyed a peripatetic career, the former all-rounder turning out for both Scotland and England as well as Warwickshire during his playing days before coaching Namibia at the 2003 World Cup and then taking charge of the UAE until earlier this year.

The careful management of the IPL operation has made it difficult for Brown to get too close but he is excited about the prospect of one of the world’s fastest growing sporting events pitching up on his doorstep.

“We achieved some pretty good things overall with the national team over three years but the biggest disappointment was that it ended under a cloud because of the corruption scandal,” he reflected.

He continues to follow Scotland’s progress as they move – at what seems a glacial pace – towards full membership of the ICC, but wonders whether the growing demands of Associate cricket might ultimately prove counter-productive.

The first four weeks of the 2019 edition of the T20 cricket tournament drew a staggering total of 462 million domestic television viewers, with many more tuning in from all around the globe.

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