Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

IPL 2019 to be played in India, will begin on March 23

IPL 2019 to be played in India, will begin on March 23

As this year's Indian Premier League's (IPL) schedule was bound to clash with Lok Sabha elections, the tournament dates have been advanced and about 20 venues across the country have been short-listed to the host the matches.

The date for the final hasn't be decided just yet and the tournament will clash with India's federal elections.

Denying all the deliberations, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday cleared that the IPL 2019 will be held in India despite the General Elections scheduled in April.

IPL was moved out of India during the previous two general elections due to security concerns as the governments then refused to security cover for the matches across different cities. The Board also informed that a detailed schedule "will be finalised in consultation with the appropriate authorities", after which the Committee of Administrators will have a "detailed discussion" with all the stakeholders.

There were discussions within the BCCI to take this year's tournament overseas - to either South Africa or the UAE.

Star India, which was initially looking to earn a higher ad revenue from the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), may not be able to meet its target. "This will be done in consultation with central and state government authorities as well as security agencies", Rai told PTI. As a result, the BCCI made a decision to host the IPL 2009 outside of India and after much discussion, South Africa was announced as the host nation. This time, too, the IPL had been proactive about keeping alternate plan in place.

"It is proposed that the IPL 2019 will commence on 23 March 2019. As the elections will be held in phases, so it should not be a problem for BCCI to find venues to suit both the teams as well as that particular state govt which has to provide the security", a BCCI official was quoted as saying by Times Now.

Earlier in 2009 the T20 tournament was moved to South Africa.

The early start this year is because of the ODI World Cup in England that will get underway from May 30.

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