Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) welcomed the Indian cricket board's decision to stage the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in the United Arab Emirates.

"The BCCI's decision to stage the first part of the IPL in the UAE is great news for the people of the UAE and the region.

It will complete a remarkable season of cricket in the UAE which has already seen the successful staging of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2013 and the ICC U-19 World Cup 2014," ICC chief executive David Richardson said.