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  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    either uae or.. nepal would be the perfect venue for ipl if not in india

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    uae would be perfect venue to hold the ipl as they have numerous numbers of Asian people... which will be helpful for the ipl.... and thr conditions will also suit it...,,

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 13, 2014, 20:32 GMT

    Why IPL has to be hosted by other countries? After all,it's not a global event.will big bash come to India? bcci and others ve started to ruin the prospect of reaching other nations,and this is just the start..too much focus is now on t20...it's all about money now...remember, as a Bangladeshi, am not interested at all to host it, why should we???

  • POSTED BY mjrvasu on | February 12, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Run IPL in Sri Lanka. It is the nearest country, friendly people, and a great cricket-loving audience. It is also an opportunity for a lot of Indians to tour Sri Lanka for sight-seeing along with cricket. UAE is fine but it will not work due to visa issues (cannot expect them to give easy visas to cheer-leaders, or TV crews for example) and not audience focused; Bangladesh has many problems, not fit for a fun event like IPL. Sri Lanka would be the best fit, if SA does not work out.

  • POSTED BY basithsameer on | February 11, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    why don't you chose sri lanka? In sri lanka we got 3 grounds (colombo,hambantota & palekalel)

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    Why Not England... Best grounds

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    May b tis tym in NZ.....small grounds more entertainment

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    how about England they have big follower of cricket & large Indian population

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    BCCI Should have plan to host IPL in Nepal, We know there is no cricket infrastructures but its beauty, climate, peaceful environment, crazy cricket lovers and open border to India are the reason BCCI can make masterplan Nepal as a potential cricket venue. Nepal and Nepalese players seek supports from BCCI

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 21:18 GMT

    sheru-sher. I liked your IPL FTP. Maybe pakistan cricketers may find their ancestral roots tracing back to india to get an eligibility to play in ipl! ipl makes every crazy thing possible!!!

  • POSTED BY LegSpinBowlr on | February 10, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    So if the venue is decided after the player auction wont it affect the player selection, like if IPL will be decided to be played in SA then the teams might go for more fast bowlers

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    I think BD is the country where every team has so many support. althogh BD has 7 International Stadium including 2 new built Stadium in Sylhet & Cox's Bazer.so ipl should arrange in BD

  • POSTED BY Nawab67 on | February 10, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    @sheru-sher....Any ways you dont like IPL in Pak. You are better off without IPL. Thats what I hear from Pakisthanis on this forum saying!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    If the IPL takes place in Bangladesh it would be fun, people from India could easily come to Bangladesh as well and the support should be good too. But I really don't think the pitches would be able to make it. Considering the SBNS in particular is waaaaaaayyyyy overused, in the coming months of cricket festivity the only matter of concern for me are the stadiums themselves, other than that everything should be fine. @Ahsan Chowdhury, the popullation of Bangladesh is around a 16 crore (160 million) and not 18 crore (180 million). The Hotel issue may not be an ISSUE but it is a fact that outside of Dhaka we don't really have any actual 5 star hotels. Although, the resorts are very nice

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    Following Asia Cup and World T20 Bangladesh can be best choice.If they can accommodate players of 16 nations World T20 to accommodate IPL players should not be any problem.

  • POSTED BY Tokai69 on | February 9, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    B'desh welcomes IPL, wondering how many hotels they requires!

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | February 9, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    @Narayan_Iyer: Keep on cheer leading for test cricket because nobody else cares about it except a few old school people. In a few years it will become all but a memory. This is why the ICC had to manufacture a test fund. Does T20 or ODI need a 'fund' ? Think about it. Also, you say test cricket is the 'real' game. It's ridiculous to say such a thing. Also, your comparison of test cricket and T20 to the likes of marathons and 100 m sprints is equally fallible. For instance, somebody won the marathon in the last summer Olympics BUT who stole the show ? It was Usain Bolt - a sprinter. T20 is same like that. Tests may be played for another 100 years but it will always be least popular than T20s. I am not saying it, it's a simple fact. If you want China to play cricket, only T20 can make it happen. Test cricket can't do anything. Time to accept the reality and move on.

  • POSTED BY on | February 9, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    I believe AUSTRALIA will be the best place to host Ipl

  • POSTED BY on | February 9, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    @wapuser Bangladesh has 6 international cricket grounds.

  • POSTED BY sheru-sher on | February 9, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Watch out .Look carefully..... IPL will eventually take over all T20 cricket .They will consume all the other leagues and make them one ...i.e IPL and it will shift around the worlds according to the summers .So don't be suprised if we have IPL in England, Austrailia, South Africa, Bangladesh. USA, Canada, Shri lanks, New Zealand West Indies and Zimbabwe. After all there are ex-pat Indian supporters living all over the world in these countries . IPL in India April-May, IPL in Shri Lanks July, IPL in England August, IPL in South Africa October, Ipl in Austrailia December, IPl in NZ January, IPL in West Indies February , Ipl in Bangladesh March. No IPL for Pakistan. Sorry

  • POSTED BY on | February 9, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    Rain will be a big issue in SOUTH AFRICA. So, they always play games away in this period of year as UAE wouldn't be the suitable place to host IPL, coz it's too hot out there!! Even if you look at CCL currently took placed in UAE & all the actors finding it difficult because of hot!! Temp: 38/40* always. Just have a think.......?

  • POSTED BY on | February 9, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    I Bangladesh would be the suitable venue for IPL coz it has 7 International Stadium including 2 new built Stadium in Sylhet & Cox's Bazer. Where this year Asia Cup/ World T20 will be due! However, it will be also profitable for IPL comity coz BD has a huge number of supporter ( Do not need to mention, there are 18 crore people in BD). It is also the next door of India as the funs can visit even by Road! Time wouldn't be a problem so food too. It's ridicules to hear the Hotel issue....hahaha!!

  • POSTED BY scarrule on | February 9, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    @Manishwa these are 'just in case' options. Most probably IPL will be played in india only. Last time it was shifted to SA was due to other reasons co-inciding as well. ( attack on sri-lankan team in neighbouring country nd threats from terrorist groups). As far as elections are concerned u must remember this is not just another country. The country is going to perform world's largest democratic exercise. '' prize to pay for being world's larget democracy'' its election conducted for world's 1/3rd population. Nd more importantly who would kevin peterson whem we know he available for full season. I know he will recieve far more respect in ipl then he used to get in english set-up.

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | February 9, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Bd would be better venue than SL or uae. They r passionate abt game and would make successful season

  • POSTED BY on | February 9, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    IPL can well be hosted in Bangladesh for the following 3 reasons: 1. Quite inexpensive 2. Will be prepared after Asia cup and World T20 3. Closer to India and doesn't affect the match start time in India(IST) The only disadvantage I see in Bangladesh is that the pitches are mostly flat and spinner friendly. At least in India we have Bengaluru, Mohali, Jaipur and Dharmshala for the pacers. If this could be overcome, then our neighbors could well be given the responsibility.

  • POSTED BY on | February 9, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    I think Bangladesh should be the very good venue for IPL. Because by the time IPL is coming; Bangladesh should finish their 3 major hosting. So they are well prepared to host IPL easily. It's really funny When I was the report; it's says Bangladesh doesn't have enough 5* hotels to host IPL. I was laughing my head off. The country who has hosted the world cup cricket on 2011. Hosting Asia cup on March and more over on April they are hosting World cup T20. But they won't be eligible to host this IPL because of shortage of 5* hotels. How funny does it sound LoL??? So b4 ppl write something on their report why don't they think 2 se/wise, so ppl not gonna laugh at them :)

  • POSTED BY boomslanger on | February 9, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    @bcdef_12345 "Per capita income" is not a true indicator of a nation's purchasing power, PPP is and India's is 5 times more than Australia. IT is the fourth largest in the world in ppp ranking.

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | February 9, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    What about England. The new drainage systems and a repeat of last summer's peculiar dryness would favour many Indians. Also many Indian fans also live in England as well. Just a thought.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 9, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    UAE only has 3 grounds. Bangladesh maybe 3. We have 12 cricket grounds (11 with international standard lights) to host

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 9, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    It doesnt appear that live in South Africa! How would you know? April is a good time of the year with minimal rains. East coast has rain in summer (November to February) and west coast in winter which is usually from May onwards! Ipl is would be awesome

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 9, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Srilanka has lost the opportunity of hosting the ipl your guess is as good as mine

  • POSTED BY on | February 9, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    i think that south africa would be facing rains at that part of the year , so there is a huge probability of matches getting washed !

  • POSTED BY on | February 9, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    why not try in zimbabwe , west indies and UAE ........... we can get grounds cheaply :P

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | February 9, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    Hosting IPL in Australia or UAE is not feasible as both of them are rich and developed country and will be much more expensive than India.India's per capita income is 2000 USD while Australia's is 60000.So, if they want to put players in Five Stars, better check their balance.

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | February 9, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    UAE is a developed and rich country.Can Indian franchises afford the hotel and domestic transport costs in UAE? What a room in a five star hotel will cost in India will cost at least twice in UAE.

  • POSTED BY Timmuh on | February 9, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    @Sageeth Asokan, apart from the time difference no major cricket grounds in Australia other than the WACA are available in April and May. The MCG, SCG, Gabba and Adelaide Oval will all be in use by the Australian Football League (AFL). Bellerive also is used by the AFL occasionally and is too wet at that time of year anyway. Alternative venues in Melbourne and Sydney are the Docklands Stadium and Stadium Australia, used by the AFL and by the National Rugby League respectively, and the AFL a couple of times a year at Stadium Australia. Both Australian Football and Rugby League are far bigger sports here than cricket, and especially than an Indian intercity competition.

  • POSTED BY on | February 9, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    I Support Shubham goyls comment of IPL world tour.

  • POSTED BY lankantone on | February 9, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Ha ha! India already started revenge from Sri Lanka. they show their anger to Sri lanka bcz they didnt vote for them. We can clearly identify these every thing run in very panned manner. Previously there are clear sources that Sri Lanka as the best option when concidering time and cost. we will see more episodes of this drama in future.

  • POSTED BY on | February 9, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Taking the availability of hotels and other facilities to account, I think BCCI knows that Sri Lanka is the best option after South Africa. If not, Sri Lanka is the lone favorite if you count the distance. They are just ignoring because SLC along with PCB acted against them for the greater good of the game. On the other hand I'm glad Sri Lanka is out of the list. We don't want money cricket in our country.

  • POSTED BY souravkr on | February 9, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    The main reason Australia will never be hosting the IPL: the 5-and-a-half-hour time lag. A normal T20 match in Australia would start at 2 PM IST. Far far away from primetime here. The three countries shortlisted have the timings matching with IST. Its all about the money honey :)

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | February 9, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Here's the first sign of what is to come in the new cricekt era! Mumbai Indians signed up Malinga as the IPL was to be shifted to SL & Malinga was a better option than Johnson. If they knew of SA, Johnson would be the option surely. So what happened between then and now? Ah yes SLC opposed the BCCI while SA rolled over and there is a price to pay and earn in this new era where money determines everything. Bangladesh was not even in the picture till they opposed and were given a carrot which is now apparently rotten - everyone knew of Bangladesh schedule but they were considered when the opposed the BCCI but now after the vote its not straight forward. I hope the WI and NZ who blindly voted for the BCCI are watching. This is what happens when you offer an international sport to trading and take away equality from international sport and give 'super powers' to a few.

  • POSTED BY MAYURESHmagic on | February 9, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    SA, if India want to prepare for world cup. By the map of earth, SA and Aus are in same line and there are fast and bouncy pitches in both countries. On the other hand, India has too many overseas tours on fast and bouncy pitches.

  • POSTED BY manishwa on | February 9, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    Whatever one does, nothing compares to an IPL in India. And they can go ahead without the government nod. Indian elections are held over almost a 45 day period. Voting is very limited to very few days. Just schedule things so that nothing clashes with voting dates. Hire private security - what does the Police do in any case?

    But that is not the real issue. When IPL comes, nobody watches prime time TV in India. So that means a massive loss not just to political parties - but a massive-massive loss to Indian news channels. And that is why news channels invent stories about the IPL.

    And a reminder to the Home Minister - if a country wages war on India during elections - do you tell them - we are "tied up" with elections, can you attack in a few days time?

  • POSTED BY aniltjoseph on | February 9, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    It does look like SA may get the nod for hosting IPL as a quid pro quo for voting in favour of the Big 3 proposal. That would be very unfortunate for people in the UAE. The reasoning given by the "IPL insider" for excluding UAE (not being viewer friendly) is nonsense. Indians in the UAE have been deprived of cricket action for many years now....and they will turn up in massive numbers if the IPL is held in the UAE. Even the timing is pefect (630 pm), as people can head to the stadium after work. The infrastructure in terms of hotels, facilities, etc. is also top notch. Really hope UAE gets the nod!!

  • POSTED BY cheesemethod on | February 9, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    In regards to Australia hosting the IPL. The grounds are there, the climate is good but all cricket grounds become AFL footy grounds from late match till september. Preparing pitches would be impossible with the amount of footy. Also most australians are over cricket for this season, a massive english tour along with a two month BBL comp has drained the public, i dont think crowds would do the IPL its justice as they would be below part.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 9, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    I know its just mad wishful thinking but I feel this is the right moment and opportunity to promote cricket worldwide. It could become a mess but still could do cricket a lot of good!

    How about hosting IPL in not one but many countries, like a world tour. I know its not practical ;-)

    American Tour : Hosting 8 matches in US, then around 4 in Canada

    European tour : Next have 2 each in Ireland,Netherlands, Italy, Spain

    African Tour: 8 in SA, 2 in ZIM

    Asian Tour: Host 4 in BAN and China, 2 in Nepal and 8 in UAE and the remaining matches in India.

    Yeah it would take lot of time but proper planning can help it down to 6-7 weeks. Have double headers each playing day to make up for travel day off. If something like this can be pulled off then Cricket surely will become bigger and better than ever before. And by hosting these cricket boards will earn enough money and even franchises would get multi-national sponsors.

    Its just wishful thinking though !!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 9, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Why is Australia nt shortlisted..i think Oz will b d bst place.. Well developd infrastructure,sporting wickets wch will b beneficial to india youngsters.And there are 8 good grounds:MCG,SCG,Adelaide Oval,Gabba,Bellerive oval,WaCA,Etihad nd Sydney Olympic Stad. The eight teams can take one as their home ground and hence the home-away structure will b good..And the grounds are much bigger than in SA,and mayb more spectators..So,why not Australia?

  • POSTED BY on | February 9, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    Y bangla and UAE stadiums will be empty for most matches except finals semis ... And the no of indians in bangla is very low. So it is better to play at SA. 2nd edition of IPL was a great success there...Australia should have been the listed venue,but since already Big bash just got over now,it is not advisible to conduct der.

  • POSTED BY on | February 9, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Yesterday SA votes for the changes... and today this comes out... Its just a coincidence damn it... It doesn't mean they sold out... It cant be... Right???

  • POSTED BY zeus_kris on | February 9, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Yes, let's have the tournament in SA. It is better for Indian players to learn to play in foreign conditions. Bang & UAE are so similar to India.

    SA venues and facilities are also awesome!

  • POSTED BY Jithu05 on | February 9, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    Dubai will be ideal if the IPL7 is held outside India - because the Expat community in the U.A.E around 65% of total population is asian community and there is huge support for Cricket, Time difference is 90 mins behind India so it will be primetime viewing for Indian Viewers also, Other reason is Dubai being tourist destination the Hospitality and Hotels etc are of the best standards. Also with ICC having thier main hub in Dubai the training facilities and practice facilities are top notch - with all the Logistics problems i believe part od the IPL7 can be easily organised in Dubai / Abudhabi and Sharjah grounds

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 9, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    move it to Australia!

  • POSTED BY on | February 9, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    South Africa will be the best UAE is scorching hot in April May even at night.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 9, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    I bet it will be SA

  • POSTED BY sundersingh on | February 9, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Please dont go for Bang & UAE...they r poor in all aspects when it comes to tounaments like this.. SA would be far far greater venue for IPL

  • POSTED BY on | February 9, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Nice joke. I don't want ipl to host in bangladesh. Because they won't invite us to play series with them after 2010.

  • POSTED BY on | February 9, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    It will not interesting if they select the IPL venues out side of India

  • POSTED BY on | February 9, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    Dubai would be the best destination among them...

  • POSTED BY Iyer_Brain on | February 9, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Cpt.Meanster... You got your name right, but everything else wrong. I agreewith Chris_P... Test cricket is real cricket, because it may just take a wild lumberjack swinging away with just 30 mts of good luck to win either T20 or ODI... Test crickets requires exhibition of skill for a sustained period of time. Your argument is like saying Marathon is boring and only 100 meters dash is interesting. Well, you are entitled to your opinion, however wrong.

  • POSTED BY Cricmaths123 on | February 9, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    It would have been nice if the short listed venue would have been Australia. The Indian batsmen could have played on bouncy pitches and improved their overseas record. In SA it rains too much and in Bangladesh and UAE there are political issues so Australia would have been a better venue.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 9, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    Why IPL will be hosting any other country it is IPL it needs to be hosted by India other wise there won't be a thrill

  • POSTED BY on | February 9, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    The local tournament should be held in the host nation. After the national election of Inda it may be held in India for its real taste and fun.

  • POSTED BY Hasun888 on | February 9, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    Play IPL in India. Considering the skill of Indian players overseas, its the only way to give the Indian Batsmen and Bowlers any chance.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | February 9, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    @Chris_P: No matter what you say, I have a counter argument for you. Just cause the MCG hosted a sell out crowd doesn't mean test cricket is alive. It's ONE venue in ONE country. Cricket is played in 9 other nations of which 8 of them don't attract large crowds. Tests are watched by fewer people in Asia, the Caribbean, NZ etc. Only England and Australia attract huge crowds because of the Ashes. 2 countries constitute a minority however you look at it. If test cricket is so great, how come fewer countries play it worldwide ? It's a boring relic, that's what it is.

  • POSTED BY RibhavBansal on | February 9, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    So now we know why South Africa and Bangladesh voted for the Big three, what carrot they were shown dangling in front of them to lure them to say yes?

  • POSTED BY SriLankanYoungBlood on | February 9, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    Earlier BCCI plan to play 1st part of IPL in Sri Lanka.But after SL decide not to support India in recent ICC proposals they change the venue. also may not select single SL player to IPL other than domestic league guy "Malinga" who never be a SriLankan. Most SL fans like this like this but opposing "Big 3"s proposals including India SL did lot harm to their cricket. Since no Sri Lankan playing i will miss IPL.

  • POSTED BY Sohailminhaz on | February 9, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    in the whole world know how much we like cricket,its a passion for us,please all off highly management humble request to Bangladesh as a host IPL-2014.

  • POSTED BY D-Train on | February 9, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    @ Prasanna - Australia isn't an option as all the major grounds are unavailable due to the Aussie Rules season starting in march.

  • POSTED BY shripadk on | February 9, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    This will never happen. Or it shouldnt happen. Fans of franchise are in India. It is IPL, keep it here. We go to watch the matches in thousands because we get plenty of matches in home cities of franchise. Usually these venues otherwise gets just one or two games every couple of years. Dont rob the native fans of seeing their stars.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 9, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    The UK is ruled out as it cannot operate night or day night games. UAE has the problem of culture difference - players or sponsers of liqour who basically have a huge stake to be barred or sanctioned. Bangladesh with continuous tourneys will have crowd burnout apart from facilities. This leaves Sa Aus & Nz.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 9, 2014, 1:26 GMT

    This is really bad planning by the BCCI. Everyone knew the elections would be around this time years ago. Why did the BCCI not find space on some other month in the calendar and why did the franchises let this go?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 9, 2014, 0:49 GMT

    Why did the BCCI not think about holding the tournament in a different month? Aug-Sep would be a great time with south west monsoon retreating and bearable temps as well.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | February 9, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster. Test cricket is already dead is it? I guess the world record crowd (for any cricket too) at the MCG didn't really happen. And the world test record of 77,000 for day 2 at the same venue also didn't happen. Nor the test record for the first 4 days at Adelaide, nor the record for the first 3 days at the Gabba. New Zealand never gets large crowds for their cricket, but the fact they & India don't constitutes the statement that test cricket is dead? Interesting...... someone better tell these people who choose to watch real cricket then. Go watch whatever you wish, but please, there are many, many people who choose to watch the real cricket rather than the abbreviated format, don't speak on their behalf. Personally, I prefer watching AND playing the longer version, but appreciate all forms of it.

  • POSTED BY on | February 9, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    @Vishal Mehra. The IPL is scheduled for mid April, and will continue to the end of April. This clashes with the start of the English domestic season, so ground availability will be an issue. As well as that, early season English pitches are extremely "sticky", and won't make for great t20 games. At this time of year, the weather is very unpredictable as well. A large amount of games could well be rained off.

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    If IPL come to Bangladesh, many things in Bangladesh will improve. Bangladesh will be further experienced on organizing bigger events. Plus India can manage some games in Kolkata or near by and then mostly in Bangladesh. Only concern, political situation in Bangladesh may worse very soon as current government is not elected by the 95% people of Bangladesh. Forever, it is a trap of BCCI for convincing Bangladesh to gain their support.

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 21:47 GMT

    Going to float a guess out there and suggest that THIS is why South Africa voted in favour of the ICC revamp.

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    Why not in England? It is a good market & ECB could benefit from this.

  • POSTED BY philvic on | February 8, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    better to just cancel it and give proper cricket a chance

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    Can some one please tell me why UK is not considered? Especially after the recent bonhomie between ECB and BCCI. I understand County season will be on, but surely there are many grounds and UK will have great spectator interest as well. Like SA, UK will also be in feasible timezone.

  • POSTED BY gvarun1975 on | February 8, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    I prefer SA as the best option bcoz it will be a huge oppurtunity for the youngsters to play on those bouncy pitches so that they will know how to play on such fast tarcks.it will be advantage for our players when we go to foriegn tours

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    I think Bangladesh will be e better, because nearby countries Bangladesh India, and the Indians player will play covers the ground well, and wanted to be able to see any Indians in Bangladesh, and many Bangladeshis cricket love,

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 8, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    UAE is the best place to generate maximum revenue as the majority of people there is asians.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 8, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    They should play in Australia or New Zealand so that Indian players can get adjusted to the pitches. Since they are struggling alot now over there. And it will help them to prepare for the upcoming world cup.

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    Bangladesh shouldn't be chosen as a playing location at the moment, many people from Bangladesh are still mad about the ICC changes BCCI tried to pull off a few days back. It is unlikely they will go to the field in order to promote and watch the IPL (unless BD players are involved), which would financially be challenging for IPL.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 8, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    Bangladesh is the best venue because it has asian pitches which is helpfull for all type of batsman,and they are like indian pitches where indian batsman can capitalise their run score in the tournament

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | February 8, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    @JimmyVida: I agree. The UAE might be a good region for tourism but it's useless for cricket. The pitches are all flat and dead and the grounds are very small. SA would be the best venue for IPL 2014 if the IPL council decides to shift the tournament outside of India. Any venue is fine except the UAE. Boring to play more than 70 games in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi; 2 venues as opposed to several in SA.

  • POSTED BY Jimmyvida on | February 8, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    No cricket of substance should be played in UAE. The wickets there are 'mud' called 'turf'.' South Africa would be best alternative to India, if not, try West Indies.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 8, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    no matter what you do you still cant produce players that can win abroad all of a sudden ypu offering to host matches in BD is that the bait you gave them so thry could vote in your favour

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | February 8, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    @Ravi Krishnamurthy: How about blaming the BCCI & ECB for that stance ? These boards are ruining it for the fans. As an IPL supporter, I want to see some of the best Pakistani and English players to play in the league. But no, the ECB have other ideas. The BCCI is always under the influence of the Indian government and cannot take decisions on its own even when the Pakistani government and PCB have expressed their desire to send players to the IPL.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | February 8, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    I think India should shift IPL to SA because it gives young Indian players wonderful opportunity to experience SA conditions, like pitch and stadium facilities. Plus, the tournament has prior experience of being held in SA. Bangladesh can also be a good alternative but I think 3 major tournaments within the space of a few months is too much to ask from that nation. But if the IPL council decides in favour of Bangladesh, I will support that.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 8, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    With all circumstances taken into account SA is the top favoured host nation. That's why SA supported the Big 3 in the ICC meeting and helped them pass the proposals.

    SA could easily earn much more than they lost bcoz of India's trimmed tour.

    Other factors making SA the favoured choice : Good transport and facility of hotels for players to stay .... which is a problem in BAN Permissions can be availed easily .... UAE will require many permissions Already have hosted there b4 Good pitches and ground facilities .... BAN's pitches would be worn out after hosting SL, Asia Cup and T20 World Cup

    At last there's 99% chance of IPL being hosted in SA but UAE still has 1% chance due to bigger market and South Asian fanbase. Plus, its time zone is also not too much of a problem.

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    Bangladesh will be the best place to hold IPL 2014 for the following reasons:

    1) Logistics

    Bangladesh is right next door to India. Indian fans will be able to travel here to watch the games.

    2) Time Zone

    Bangladesh is only a half hour ahead of India, so a game starting at 8:30 BST can be viewed at 8:00 IST.

    3) Fan Following

    The people of Bangladesh are avid cricket fans. Teams like the KKR have immense support, firstly for being a Bengali team, and secondly for having Shakib Al-Hasan.

    4) Hosting experience

    Bangladesh has hosted many ICC events, including the 1998 Champions Trophy, the 2011 ICC World Cup, the 2012 Asia Cup, and is scheduled to host the 2014 World Twenty20. Even the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) was successfully held for 2 consecutive years before the fixing scandals broke out. This country was born to be play host.

    I say to the BCCI forget South Africa and the UAE.

    Come to Bangladesh, and we will showcase the greatest IPL yet!

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | February 8, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa: Test cricket is already dead ! Look at the stadium in Auckland where India are playing against NZ for proof. The IPL and T20 cricket in general is the future along with ODIs. Test cricket is on life support thanks to its own nature.

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    no need to host in UAE without Pakistani players since there will not be any fan following,and tournament will not be successful.

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Doesn't really matter where it happens have no interest in watching it. IPL started the destruction of cricket and with ICC revamp cricket is officially dead. Rather switch to football now.

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    It worked out well in South Africa in 2009. All the stadiums nationwide were full. I won't recommend New Zealand to host the IPL because of time zones, for instance if a game kick off at 8.00pm in India, it will be 2.30am (wintertime) in New Zealand. Bring it back to South Africa then we can have a 4.30 kick off for an 8.00pm game in India

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    I feel that without participation from England and Pakistan, IPL will not be complete. Somehow IPL governing body should make sure that some players from these countries are part of the tournament. When it comes to Pakistan, why mix politics and sports.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | February 8, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    The Carribean would be great location. IPl is very popular there and many biggest stars are West Indians you'd get full crowds no doubt and good weather.

  • POSTED BY chechong0114 on | February 8, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    I hope that all the games will be able to be played in Indian, however if they have no other choice and have to play some of the games at a neutral venue I wish them great success and much revenue. No matter how u feel about BCCI and Indian cricket the IPL is a great tournament best thing to happen to the game of cricket in the last half a century in my personal opinion. But this situation is a good reason why they should not bring back the ICC ODI Champions Trophy, where will they host it. There are just not enough venues in world cricket to host another international cricket tournament and that's why I agreed with the ICC when they decided to scrap it. Now everyone is in favor of bringing it back, I mean how stupid is that. But again that is the thinking or should I say lack thereof behind the sport of cricket the policy of sticking with tradition no matter how senseless it is and how much it is failing. It is really a sad and perplexing system.

  • POSTED BY masks on | February 8, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    @anton1234 watch a few videos of the 2009 IPL in South Africa and you will know how wrong you are.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 8, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    after seeing empty stands in india new zealand test series, i think that first half of ipl should be moved to new Zealand so that cricket could overtake rugby in new zealand.

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | February 8, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Oh No, this disease is spreading. RIP test cricket.

  • POSTED BY nikhil_indian_fan on | February 8, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    IPL is not just and Indian competition- anton1234. i think its a global event.players from all countries play and it has a global audience. even the 2nd edition was hosted in south africa and it was great success. ipl is great fun and we wait for it all year so it should not be cancelled, it certainly wont be hosted in sri lanka especially after the lankan board's stance against the bcci proposals in ICC.

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    better to change dates and host in india itself

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 8, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    I would love for it to be shifted to England this year if its possible. Given the busy English domestic season it seems unlikely. This is the best way to make IPL a stronger brand. You can find a lot of things to criticise the IPL but you have to admit thats its got a very high standard for quality cricket and fiercely competitive.

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    @anton1234: It's not your personal league.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | February 8, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    @ anton1234:- I suspect many would boycott it on principle. Their boards may have sold out but not all fans are as morally bankrupt. It could well end up a major embarrassment to the BCCI.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 8, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Personally I suggest South Africa or UAE. BBangladesh won't be able to provide such excitement and that's a good thing cause I doby want it here. South Africa will develop pacers while playing it in UAE will much likely provide the same result as it would in India. Terrific 4 months coming for BD, don't give us extra pressure. UaE will also get a lot of help in their cricket from IPL hosting.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 8, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    IPL 2009 in SAF was an awesome success so there is no reason why it cannot be shifted in part or full outside India. BCCI has managed to make IPL an international brand.

    It won't be held in SL because of SLC attempts to grudge BCCI their fair share of revenues. BCCI won't allow it to happen. If SLC would have supported BCCI then the venue would have been SL. Its a no brainer.

  • POSTED BY brokeNCYDE on | February 8, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    lol srilanka is not suitable for cricket..as it rains all the time! worst place to play cricket

  • POSTED BY anton1234 on | February 8, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    Either host it in India or cancel it altogether, until next year. An Indian competition in another country just won't generate excitement amongst fans in the host country.

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    Why not, Sri Lanka.It is one of the best options available to shift the IPL from India.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 8, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    It won't be Sri Lanka and thats for sure.

  • POSTED BY Qaiss007 on | February 8, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    IPL, Indian Paisa League, no doubt a way to make cricket an entertanment just like a bar dance. Nothing we can do except kudos.

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    i think southafrica is a perfect venue for ipl

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  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    either uae or.. nepal would be the perfect venue for ipl if not in india

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    uae would be perfect venue to hold the ipl as they have numerous numbers of Asian people... which will be helpful for the ipl.... and thr conditions will also suit it...,,

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 13, 2014, 20:32 GMT

    Why IPL has to be hosted by other countries? After all,it's not a global event.will big bash come to India? bcci and others ve started to ruin the prospect of reaching other nations,and this is just the start..too much focus is now on t20...it's all about money now...remember, as a Bangladeshi, am not interested at all to host it, why should we???

  • POSTED BY mjrvasu on | February 12, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Run IPL in Sri Lanka. It is the nearest country, friendly people, and a great cricket-loving audience. It is also an opportunity for a lot of Indians to tour Sri Lanka for sight-seeing along with cricket. UAE is fine but it will not work due to visa issues (cannot expect them to give easy visas to cheer-leaders, or TV crews for example) and not audience focused; Bangladesh has many problems, not fit for a fun event like IPL. Sri Lanka would be the best fit, if SA does not work out.

  • POSTED BY basithsameer on | February 11, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    why don't you chose sri lanka? In sri lanka we got 3 grounds (colombo,hambantota & palekalel)

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    Why Not England... Best grounds

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    May b tis tym in NZ.....small grounds more entertainment

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    how about England they have big follower of cricket & large Indian population

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    BCCI Should have plan to host IPL in Nepal, We know there is no cricket infrastructures but its beauty, climate, peaceful environment, crazy cricket lovers and open border to India are the reason BCCI can make masterplan Nepal as a potential cricket venue. Nepal and Nepalese players seek supports from BCCI

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 21:18 GMT

    sheru-sher. I liked your IPL FTP. Maybe pakistan cricketers may find their ancestral roots tracing back to india to get an eligibility to play in ipl! ipl makes every crazy thing possible!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    i think southafrica is a perfect venue for ipl

  • POSTED BY Qaiss007 on | February 8, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    IPL, Indian Paisa League, no doubt a way to make cricket an entertanment just like a bar dance. Nothing we can do except kudos.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 8, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    It won't be Sri Lanka and thats for sure.

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    Why not, Sri Lanka.It is one of the best options available to shift the IPL from India.

  • POSTED BY anton1234 on | February 8, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    Either host it in India or cancel it altogether, until next year. An Indian competition in another country just won't generate excitement amongst fans in the host country.

  • POSTED BY brokeNCYDE on | February 8, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    lol srilanka is not suitable for cricket..as it rains all the time! worst place to play cricket

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 8, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    IPL 2009 in SAF was an awesome success so there is no reason why it cannot be shifted in part or full outside India. BCCI has managed to make IPL an international brand.

    It won't be held in SL because of SLC attempts to grudge BCCI their fair share of revenues. BCCI won't allow it to happen. If SLC would have supported BCCI then the venue would have been SL. Its a no brainer.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 8, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Personally I suggest South Africa or UAE. BBangladesh won't be able to provide such excitement and that's a good thing cause I doby want it here. South Africa will develop pacers while playing it in UAE will much likely provide the same result as it would in India. Terrific 4 months coming for BD, don't give us extra pressure. UaE will also get a lot of help in their cricket from IPL hosting.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | February 8, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    @ anton1234:- I suspect many would boycott it on principle. Their boards may have sold out but not all fans are as morally bankrupt. It could well end up a major embarrassment to the BCCI.

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    @anton1234: It's not your personal league.

IPL 2014 news February 8, 2014

UAE, SA, Bangladesh shortlisted as alternative IPL venues

Nagraj Gollapudi and Amol Karhadkar
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The United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh and South Africa, in addition to India, have been shortlisted as venues to host IPL 2014. The IPL governing council is likely to deliberate on the issue on February 13, after the player auction in Bangalore.

According to a BCCI official, the schedule and venues have not been announced as the IPL governing council is awaiting the dates of the federal elections in India, which are expected to be made public in the last week of February and are likely to be held in April-May. With the World Twenty20 final slotted for April 6, the IPL is likely to start around April 10 and the organisers have been scouting for alternative venues.

"It is not a question of who is the favourite to host. We are open to a few venues: Middle East (UAE), South Africa and Bangladesh. South Africa is open to host but we have to consider the logistics and the timings before we make up our mind," a BCCI official told ESPNcricinfo. "In my personal opinion, South Africa is a good contender. But UAE is also there. There are too many matches. So we will discuss everything at the Governing Council."

South Africa has emerged as the friendliest venue among the three overseas countries. As far as the UAE is concerned, there are certain hurdles. According to an IPL insider, the UAE is "not viable", considering the staging will require "too many government clearances". He also said: "The Middle East has not been a spectator-friendly venue of late."

When it comes to Bangladesh, there could be two stumbling blocks. With the country staging three major cricket events - the ongoing series against Sri Lanka, followed by the Asia Cup and the World Twenty20 - the pitches will likely be worn down by the time the IPL begins. Besides, staging IPL matches in and around Dhaka could be logistically difficult, due to a limited availability of five-star or seven-star hotels. It is understood that IMG, the event managers of the IPL, had sent some of its staff to Bangladesh and the UAE to do a recce over the last week.

The BCCI hopes to host marquee games, especially the play-offs in India. Depending on the election dates, the tournament is likely to be divided into two halves - at home and overseas. "If the elections are held in April, then the first half will be played abroad. But if the elections are in May, we may play the initial games in India," another BCCI official said.

If the BCCI decides to shift the IPL to another country, it will be the second time that the tournament will be staged overseas. In 2009, the second edition of IPL was shifted to South Africa after the tournament clashed with federal elections and the Indian government declined to provide security to cricketers.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo; Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo