Wednesday, 19 June, 2019

IPL 2019 will be hosted in India, not SA

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The speculation over where the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be held has finally ended.

The tournament schedule and fixtures, the BCCI added, would be announced after "consultation with the appropriate authorities". IPL generally begins in early April and continues till the end of May.

Also, there were talks of advancing IPL 2019 dates to give the players enough time to rest and gear up for the 2019 World Cup, starting May 30 in England.

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"Once we chalk out the itinerary, we will get the dates and venues cleared by various govt agencies", he said.

After the election dates are released, the venues and dates of the IPL matches will be fixed.

It is learnt that the cash-rich tournament has been kept in the country keeping in view the fact that the elections will be held in phases and it wouldn't be too much of a logistical issue to schedule the games accordingly.

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If sources from the Board of Control for Cricket in India are to be believed, the whole tournament will be conducted in India despite its clash with the General Elections slated to be held in the country. Notably, according to Justice Lodha recommendations, there should at least be a 15-day window between the IPL and the next global fixture of the India cricket team. "The COA will then have detailed discussion with all the Stakeholders before releasing the VIVO IPL 2019 Schedule", the BCCI release said. While the whole season was played in South Africa in 2009, the year 2014 saw it being played in both India and UAE (United Arab Emirates).

It is understood that BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary had met home secretary Rajiv Gauba on the December 19, 2018 - a day after the IPL-12 auction in Jaipur - and put forth the board's plans to organising the event.

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