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  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    just organise it in INDIA pls....we fans are so exited to see it in india..its my request just please understand our feelings....and also players would enjoy the crowd...pls sir...

  • POSTED BY csk.dhoni on | February 17, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    keep the venue in dubai, abu dhabi, sharjah. stadium will be housefull.

  • POSTED BY anik.bd88 on | February 17, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    i am more excited about it.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    Indian crowed is most suitable for IPL,really full of fun and thrill

  • POSTED BY Agni_bala on | February 15, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    If IPL is in SouthAfrica. SRH will be having more chance to become the champion of this year.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    IPL is like a season of a fruit. People surely don't want to miss any single match of the league like they taste the fruit. IPL is amazing...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    can't believe yuvraj earning more than bale or Gerrard. lol

  • POSTED BY ponnu_KKR on | February 14, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    I think it should be in NZ & AUS beacuse the world cup is going to held there and our players will get some match practise and can adopt the conditions as well.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    cancel icc t20 boring & play more ipl

  • POSTED BY satchander on | February 13, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    I do not understand how SA can host the IPL (I know they did it once before too) with it being Autumn during April and by Jun it would be winter over there. Surely less than ideal conditions for playing cricket !

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    i like t 20 ipl i love IPL

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | February 13, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    The IPL is here to stay forever and its brand would spread to other countries eventually. There are already talks of exhibition matches to be played between IPL and other domestic T20 teams around the world including games in the USA. So I feel it's good if the IPL is played in SA this year because the tournament had outstanding support the last time it was played there. South Africans will come in droves to support their favourite teams and they are knowledgeable about the game. Besides, many South African players are also part of various teams so there is really no excuse of not showing up at grounds. The kick off time will be perfect for all audiences internationally albeit a bit early for us in North America on the east coast. Bangladesh would also be good BUT I don't think they can manage 3 world class tournaments within 2 months. It's too much to ask. Besides, Shakib Al Hassan is the ONLY BD player playing so crowd attendance could suffer. No, SA is the best option.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 13, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Rohan you took the words out of mouth that while other cricket fans worry about players fitness they are making millions anyway..so true why not just play one or two big tournaments in an entire year and then get auctioned for millions and maybe later why not play 1 game and still auctioned for millions!!!!! I mean cricket is dead anyway right so why play it anymore!!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 13, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    I think sunrisers have a good chance to win the title .

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    If Premiere League is hosted in South Africa, then it should be South African Premiere League, not Indian Premiere League

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    I also like ipl. My favourite team is csk all time favourite.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 13, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    A question for those talking about playing some IPL games in Australia. When would you hold the tournament? I assume you would be wanting to play games at the MCG, SCG, Gabba and Adelaide Oval, all of which are the home grounds of winter sports teams.

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    While most of you guys sit in your chairs and worry about players fitness and how much more they have to play before important tournaments - the players are sitting on their ivory tower getting paid millions.

    Players are professionals - they will earn money and play hard - you dont have to be so worried about their fitness, you're not going to be able to change anything with these comments. Accept it, embrace it and enjoy the new age of cricket.

  • POSTED BY SaraJahanSeAchha on | February 13, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    I personally don't like IPL. It should have been held once in 2 years or at least cut short in duration. This indian team will return home after a rout and instead of focusing on fitness, training and practice for the next international series, all the players will forget their performance in a flash.

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

    I hope not Bangladesh why not bring it to USA

  • POSTED BY sitaram58 on | February 13, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    any chance that they might extend the IPL to 268 matches and 4 months. 2 months in SA (May and June) and 2 months in India (July and August). If this works well IPL 2015 could be 6 months 2 in SA, 2 in India and 2 in OZ and if that works IPL 2016 could be 8 months and if that works .........

    BCCI better make hay while th sun shines

  • POSTED BY muzika_tchaikovskogo on | February 13, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Well well, the quid pro quo for CSA's vote in favour of restructuring is now emerging.

  • POSTED BY Anubhav-the-Experience on | February 13, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Of all the viable options BCCI selects South Africa and CSA in effect, the one who cricinfo past news suggest is BCCI's 'supposedly' biggest rival...take that for sensational journalism.

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

    As a Sri Lankan I dont like IPL held in my country or any of my country players involving , well one of my wish come true.Hope every sri lankan players not participate in (majority of them already not going this time) :D

  • POSTED BY AnishSomani on | February 13, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    it might have happened in australia as soon we will tour.As for the timings,BBL was at a good time in India,slightly later maybe

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    Believe it or not ! IPL is the best thing to happen to Indian cricket.... Though some contro. incidents happened, but fans can't control those things....

    Those who cannot see our players making some good money "DO NOT WATCH IT"...

    IPL should happen not only in INDIA but also abroad... like have playoffs in "SA" or "UAE" to make it more interesting....or similar.....

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    How about cancelling this muck raising rubbish that is called a game of cricket. I am sure a lot of sponsors are not going to find this attractive. And i hope they dont !!

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    Ipl welcome to Bangladesh

  • POSTED BY A_Mountain_Man on | February 13, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    Instead of South Africa it will be good if tournament happens in India. May be in smaller cities like Dharmshala, Ranchi, Jaipur etc. if there is problem in hosting in big cities?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 13, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    It would be great if IPL is conducted in India. As after the recently concluded auctions, it will be very interesting for Indians to watch their favourite sportsman in different teams in different stadiums. Hope so the whole tournament is organised in India. Even personally I want IPL to be held in India.

  • POSTED BY mamidisudhir on | February 13, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    India will be good but security problems due to elections South Africa less crowd will come and night matches Indian people need to stay for late nights Bangladesh and Dubai Ok My choice is Australia and NZ matches will be early but Indian players will be habituated to that climate and pitches it would help for 2015 world cup

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    Gayle whacking the ball right to the top of Table Mountain...I could look forward to that. IPL in SA would be fun as it was in 2009.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 13, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    The 2009 edition was held in SA and it had great crowds and atmosphere. No other country comes close. Maybe SL but after the stunt they pulled in the recent ICC revamp and few Lankan players in the Tournament it could be boycotted and could be a risk.

  • POSTED BY sathik_sachin on | February 13, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    why dont they conduct league matches in Dubai and qualifiers here in India or vice versa? Its been long time since Indians played in UAE grounds.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | February 13, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    @ Herath-UK: I didn't support the ICC revamp as an INDIAN fan but come on my friend. Hosting the IPL is anything but a 'morsel'. By hosting the IPL, ANY country can earn millions in a matter of hours. Whether we like it or not, money rules sport in the world and cricket is no different. This was a deal SA could hardly afford to let go.

  • POSTED BY R3ZA on | February 13, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    IPL welcome to Bangladesh (in advance) (is it too advance... :-?) ... !!!

  • POSTED BY shivaGoudM on | February 13, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Its good to held in India itself

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

    It will be very good, if held in Bangladesh.....

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | February 13, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Secrets comes out one by one why SA ditched the principles at icc to have a few morsels like this.

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

    It s good to abroad for some reason

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Hopefully in India. SA has no crowd for test cricket. Cant expect for IPL. Thank god, it's not held in Sri Lanka. Bangladesh would have been good too. Great crowds there.

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  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    just organise it in INDIA pls....we fans are so exited to see it in india..its my request just please understand our feelings....and also players would enjoy the crowd...pls sir...

  • POSTED BY csk.dhoni on | February 17, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    keep the venue in dubai, abu dhabi, sharjah. stadium will be housefull.

  • POSTED BY anik.bd88 on | February 17, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    i am more excited about it.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    Indian crowed is most suitable for IPL,really full of fun and thrill

  • POSTED BY Agni_bala on | February 15, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    If IPL is in SouthAfrica. SRH will be having more chance to become the champion of this year.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    IPL is like a season of a fruit. People surely don't want to miss any single match of the league like they taste the fruit. IPL is amazing...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    can't believe yuvraj earning more than bale or Gerrard. lol

  • POSTED BY ponnu_KKR on | February 14, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    I think it should be in NZ & AUS beacuse the world cup is going to held there and our players will get some match practise and can adopt the conditions as well.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    cancel icc t20 boring & play more ipl

  • POSTED BY satchander on | February 13, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    I do not understand how SA can host the IPL (I know they did it once before too) with it being Autumn during April and by Jun it would be winter over there. Surely less than ideal conditions for playing cricket !

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Hopefully in India. SA has no crowd for test cricket. Cant expect for IPL. Thank god, it's not held in Sri Lanka. Bangladesh would have been good too. Great crowds there.

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

    It s good to abroad for some reason

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | February 13, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Secrets comes out one by one why SA ditched the principles at icc to have a few morsels like this.

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

    It will be very good, if held in Bangladesh.....

  • POSTED BY shivaGoudM on | February 13, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Its good to held in India itself

  • POSTED BY R3ZA on | February 13, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    IPL welcome to Bangladesh (in advance) (is it too advance... :-?) ... !!!

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | February 13, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    @ Herath-UK: I didn't support the ICC revamp as an INDIAN fan but come on my friend. Hosting the IPL is anything but a 'morsel'. By hosting the IPL, ANY country can earn millions in a matter of hours. Whether we like it or not, money rules sport in the world and cricket is no different. This was a deal SA could hardly afford to let go.

  • POSTED BY sathik_sachin on | February 13, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    why dont they conduct league matches in Dubai and qualifiers here in India or vice versa? Its been long time since Indians played in UAE grounds.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 13, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    The 2009 edition was held in SA and it had great crowds and atmosphere. No other country comes close. Maybe SL but after the stunt they pulled in the recent ICC revamp and few Lankan players in the Tournament it could be boycotted and could be a risk.

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    Gayle whacking the ball right to the top of Table Mountain...I could look forward to that. IPL in SA would be fun as it was in 2009.

IPL 2014 February 13, 2014

IPL in India with SA as alternative

Nagraj Gollapudi
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The IPL governing council today finalised a window of April 9 to June 3 for IPL 2014 and indicated that India remained the venue of choice. However since the tournament is expected to clash with the federal elections in India, IPL officials said South Africa would be the "preferred" alternative. A final decision will be taken only after a meeting between the organisers and officials of the Indian government.

"We are considering so many options with regards to the venue. We are waiting first for the home ministry to check the possible dates," Sanjay Patel, the BCCI secretary, told the media after the IPL governing council meeting on Thursday. "As far as possible our interest is to hold the IPL in India. Then, probably, South Africa is the preferred venue at the moment. The second option is also there and the third option is also there."

Last week, reports indicated that the IPL organisers had shortlisted Bangladesh, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa as potential alternative venues. Patel and Ranjib Biswal, the IPL chairman, clarified that as far as possible the BCCI wanted to hold the entire tournament in India but would consider shifting matches to South Africa if the need arose.

Biswal said he was looking forward to meeting the federal government, possibly in the following week, to check on the feasibility of holding the tournament in India.

"We will be speaking to the officials in the government of India and the home ministry," Biswal said. "We want to hold maximum number of matches in India and if we get the green signal (from the government), then probably the whole tournament can be played here."

Asked what factors he was looking to address during the meeting, Biswal said it was mostly to do with availability of security and dates. Both Biswal and Patel stated that the IPL had kept all the eight franchises in the loop. This was confirmed by the franchises, who said they had countered the possibility of some matches being held abroad while assembling their squads.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo