Do you know that the IPL 2019 to be held in India?
Putting bed to speculations that the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League would be shifted out of India owing to the general elections to be conducted in the country around the same time, the BCCI after a meeting with the necessary state and government authorities has confirmed that the tournament will stay in the country for the year. However, owing to the Lok Sabha elections and with the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup to commence from the 30th of May, the IPL governing council have changed the dates for this year’s edition of the marquee event, which will see it commence on 23rd March this time around.
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The Committee of Administrators (CoA) held a meeting in New Delhi earlier this week between the eight franchises, Union Ministry and BCCI officials where it was decided that the Lok Sabha elections notwithstanding, the cash-rich league will be staged in India.
IPL 2019 to be Held in India
“Based on the preliminary discussions with the appropriate central and state agencies/authorities, it was decided that the 12th edition of the world’s most popular and competitive T20 tournament will be scheduled to be played in India,” the BCCI said in a statement. It is proposed that the VIVO IPL 2019 will commence on March 23, 2019. The detailed schedule will be finalised in consultation with the appropriate authorities. The CoA will conduct detailed discussions with all stakeholders before the final schedule is announced.
However, there might be a change in the usual home and away formats with over 20 venues set to be shortlisted for the 12th edition of the IPL. The fixture list will most likely see several matches being played on neutral venues where the elections have already been contested or are a few days away from being held. The final dates and venues of the games are likely to be confirmed once election dates are announced. As per the latest change in scheduling, each team might get only three home matches.
“The first objectivity was to keep the IPL in India. 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 said.
The tournament’s official broadcaster, the Star Network, which shelled out a whopping Rs 16,347.50 crore ($2.55 billion) to acquire the global media rights of the tournament for a period of 5 years in September 2017, the league’s sponsors, members of the BCCI and government along with all the participating teams are said to be on board with this decision.