IPL 2014 February 13, 2014

IPL in India with SA as alternative


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

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  • Dummy4 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...

  • Ragunath on February 17, 2014, 7:41 GMT

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

  • AR KHAN CHOUDHURY on February 17, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    i am more excited about it.

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2014, 20:03 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • Dummy4 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...

  • Android on February 14, 2014, 11:24 GMT

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

  • Pradeep 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.

  • Android on February 14, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    cancel icc t20 boring & play more ipl

  • SATISH CHANDER 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 !

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