NEW DELHI: The speculation over where the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be held has finally ended. The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Tuesday decided that IPL 2019 will be scheduled to be played in India itself.
The CoA met in the capital to discuss the IPL 2019 venues and window and based on preliminary discussions with the appropriate central and state agencies and authorities took the decision.
According to a BCCI press release, it has also been proposed that IPL 2019 will commence on March 23, 2019 and the detailed schedule will be finalised in consultation with the appropriate authorities.
The CoA will also have detailed discussions with all the stakeholders before releasing the full IPL 2019 schedule.
“We will have all the primary venues backed up by alternate venues in case there is a need to shift matches. This will be done in consultation with central and state government authorities as well as security agencies,” CoA chairman Vinod Rai said.
“The specific reason for having a back-up venue is to ensure that we don’t have any issue if there is polling or recounting or PM’s rally in any of the states once the election dates are announced,” he added.
Rai said the specific venues and match dates will worked out later after due consultation with government agencies.
“Once we chalk out the itinerary, we will get the dates and venues cleared by various govt agencies,” he said.
The IPL has twice been hosted abroad – in 2009 (South Africa) and 2014 (partly in UAE) – because of general elections.
The IPL this time has to contend with the World Cup also, which will be held from May 30 to July 14 in England. Usually, the IPL starts in the first week of April and concludes in the last week of May. But that won’t be the case this time. According to Justice Lodha committee recommendations, a 15-day window is mandatory between the IPL and any upcoming international fixture.
Now, adhering to this recommendation and to avoid a clash with the World Cup, the IPL has to start in the last week of March, so that the tournament can conclude by mid-May.
(With inputs from PTI)
Source : timesofindia