IPL 2014 news March 5, 2014

IPL venue decision in 'couple of days'


The BCCI has again deferred, by a "couple of days", announcing the offshore venue of the 2014 IPL but said it was working on hosting the bulk of the matches in India. India's Election Commission announced the dates of the federal elections on Wednesday morning, following which the BCCI top brass met in Delhi to discuss the IPL venues and schedule.

"We discussed foreign venues but we haven't decided [on any] yet as," IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal said. "We need a couple of days more to finalise the offshore venue." However, he hinted that a majority of the matches will be played in India after May 16, when the election process is completed. "Now that the elections dates have been finalised, we are working towards hosting bulk of the matches in India. Since it is the Indian Premier League, we need to accommodate as many matches in India."

Biswal, BCCI president N Srinivasan, secretary Sanjay Patel and vice-president Rajiv Shukla, all of whom have been authorised to take the call on IPL venues by the BCCI working committee, were in Delhi along with IPL chief operating officer Sundar Raman. There are three offshore venues in contention -South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh.

An IPL insider revealed that Cricket South Africa was keen on hosting the full tournament but there were a couple of major roadblocks, from the IPL's perspective, to staging matches in South Africa. "Since Pepsi [the IPL's title sponsor] hardly has any presence in the South African market, they would be terribly unhappy if the tournament is to move there," he said. "Besides, if the tournament is to be split between another country and India, it is always better from the teams' perspective to play it in conditions that are similar to India. South Africa is an obstacle in that regard."

However, two franchises are believed to have written to the BCCI in the last couple of days asking that it not be played in the UAE. With last year's corruption scandal having dented the image of the IPL, shifting the tournament to the Gulf could mean the clouds of fixing might hover over the league again; the UAE is considered to be the haven of India's betting mafia.

Some of the other franchises, though, feel both these teams are trying their best to not have the tournament in Asian conditions since they have built their squads assuming the bulk of the IPL was to be played in South Africa. "Neither side has a top-quality spinner, so they're cribbing," a franchise official said.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on March 8, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    @Mr.CricketJKNotHussey ...... What do u mean by 'UAE is quite far'??? its anyway more closer than SA n tat will b good if they r plannin on bringing back matches to india. Of course they have only 3 grounds but in a day max 2 matches r gonna b played and tat too not everyday. Also there is a good expatriot population in india which will give the players a feeling like home. N they have also have had success in holding the ICC T20 Qualifiers n the U19 World Cup. else d other option is to conduct matches after d elections!

  • Cricket on March 7, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    SA is really the only option. Bangladesh will be exhausted after the Asia Cup and World T20. They don't have many pitches, and IPL matches everyday will ruin them further. UAE is quite far. The only option left thus, is SA. But even they have the rugby season going on, so the first "away" leg of this IPL looks set to be a bit disappointing, which is sad really because this was one of the best auctions and for the first time, the teams look well balanced, with none holding a clear advantage.

  • Jay on March 7, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    This is unbelievable. The IPL is only a month away and the schedule hasn't even been finalized. This can only happen in India. Personally, I am okay with the tournament shifted to SA. IPL II was a huge success when it was played in SA. I am sure IPL 7 will also be successful if the same route is taken. The UAE could be viable but with only 3 available venues in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, it will make the tournament boring. Bangladesh could be the next option but their grounds are tiny and their pitches dead. SL could be an option too but their people won't appreciate such a brilliant tournament. So the only option left is SA. Or, wait until the federal elections are over and then play the league.

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    cant we have the opening games atIndia from around 8th of April till around 14th of april and after that the matches from 17th of May till 3oth or even till 3rd or 5th of june

  • Ashish on March 7, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    I think B'Desh is a good choice....even Pakistan can be the venue...some years ago both these child countries were part of India. That will bring the people from these countries closer to each other and peaceful environment will evolve... @Johnny_129... if these players become lazy than so be it....IPL is a great leveler as is Cricket itself none of those will survive. Cheers...

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    Play in Bangladesh, and if u don't want top edges to go for six, make the boundaries longeror shorted according to ur wish.

  • raj on March 6, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Why not get rid of the IPL altogether - It just enriches useless players and makes them lazy and unmotivated when playing for the country!

  • Android on March 6, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4 in case u didn't notice IPL is after t20 world cup

  • Android on March 6, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    uae has a good expatriot population with gud support for even the u19 world cup the grounds are well constructed bangladeshi grounds have uneven boundaries leading to boundaries being brought in I hope its held in uae

  • Android on March 6, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    ipl should be held in uae we just saw how the Bangladesh stadiums are unequally distributed boundaries leading to the boundaries brought in and top edges going for sixes uae has a higher indian expatriot population and there was good support for even the under19 world cup I went for ind vs eng the grounds are well constructed all the grounds are within distance of 2 hours so less transportation costs I wish it can be held in uae

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