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IPL venue decision in 'couple of days'

Amol Karhadkar

March 5, 2014

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The crowd packs in for the Daredevils-Super Kings game, Delhi Daredevils v Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Delhi, April 18, 2013
IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal: "We are working towards hosting bulk of the matches in India" © BCCI

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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Posted by   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!

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey 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.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by curator2askCaptain 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...

Posted by   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.

Posted by Johnny_129 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!

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

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

Posted by   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

Posted by   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

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 6, 2014, 7:23 GMT)

Why not play part of matches in B Desh as it will be good t20 practice on those same pitches where t20 wc be held later.Players of all teams can benefit.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 7:10 GMT)

The venue should have a large Indian fan base as the tournament needs crowds for its success. So UAE would be a good option.

Posted by starsgap1986 on (March 6, 2014, 6:31 GMT)

India should keep most matches it in India but move some matches to South Africa. It's good for promotion of IPL itself.

Posted by kannan225 on (March 6, 2014, 6:08 GMT)

IPL 7 ought to be played in India. The IPL working committee could schedule the dates and venue keeping in mind the election days. Maybe games could be played away from the venue of the election days in a particular zone. Smaller and newer venues could be worked upon or may be have 4 games at different venues, if possible, so that there are no games around the polling days. By this the whole tournament stays back in India. The thrill of not playing in India vanishes in the viewer's mind and may not watch it on TV either.

Posted by imtiazjaleel on (March 6, 2014, 5:52 GMT)

If you play IPL outside India i think the teams will lose the Home Advantage. The charm of playing in India is entirely different from other countries. The jam packed stadiums and home support to the teams its like a festival.

Posted by santhoshg016 on (March 6, 2014, 5:26 GMT)

IPL7 still it can be palyed in INDIA.. elections are conducted 9 phases.. so it can be played in South Part of INDIA.. where in Chennai, Bangalore, kochi, this 3 Stadiums are safest place to play Cricket at any situation.. due to telangana issue we have a pressure in hyderabad.. so my choice is this 3 grounds are safe and they can provide security.. during the polls in south INDIA matches should be shifted to some other stadium like Indore, Ranchi, and pune during poll they cant give a security for biggest stadium like kolkata, mumbai, delhi, places.. and May16th should not be any games due to the Results.. later on from May 18th we can shift the tournament to mumbai , kolkata, delhi, punjab, if BCCI convinence home minister i am sure all IPL 7 matches can be played in INDIA..

Posted by LiveWithThat on (March 6, 2014, 4:33 GMT)

@Francis Mel, we do understand your pain when a country with mere 15 million population kicks a so called one of mighty Big 3 with population 1400 + millions out of Asia cup. But you do not want you to remind your agony to us in every post. Also we can not do anything about it either. So technically, other than than you are becoming a public nuisance, India is not going to make any progress in near future.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 4:25 GMT)

Bangladesh is the ideal venue for staffing the IPL. Close geographical proximity to India and a nation with a strong IPL fan base.

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (March 6, 2014, 3:16 GMT)

Bangladesh please. The crowds are enthusiastic, the grounds are big- overall the atmosphere looks good.If this works out, Bangladesh should be used every year for about 8-10 games and another 8-10 games should be played in Singapore and UAE. Singapore's new national stadium, with a retractable roof, will be ready this year. It will be great fun!

Posted by niruthegreat on (March 6, 2014, 2:24 GMT)

get ipl to be played in srilanka!!!!!a land like no other

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 1:58 GMT)

This is a real funny one!!! The entire cricketing world cribs and talks ill about the IPL. Come April-May everyone wants a piece of the pudding. Where are the hypocritical abd cyjical English and SA fans now??? Every board needs to fill its coffers that's is the reality of every sport. As fans sometimes we forget that, in an idealistic world we would love to play cricket like we started off as kids. Playing cricket in hard grounds with no grass at all can never be good for the development of cricket. If India contributes to 85% of revenue towards the cricketing world we if course get to decide what happens to the money. If other countries have a problem with it may they need to look inwards as to how Rugby or Soccer is marketed in their countries. Stop Whinging and cricket is ultimately about Entertainment Entertainment Entertainment...

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 23:25 GMT)

you will play ipl without asia's two best.....ha ha.

Posted by reza_ibazzz on (March 5, 2014, 19:23 GMT)

Hello, IPL 07. Welcome to Bangladesh ... !!! ... :D ... Have fun ... !!!

Posted by diwakar195 on (March 5, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

As we all know that the 2015 worldcup is gng to held in Australia & New Zealand...So considering the success of BBL ,ground and population it will be ideal to host IPL7 in AUS...Therefore it helps our indian players to know the pitch and conditions well and prepare well for the upcoming 2015 worldcup...Hopefully we defend it this time.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

I'm sure the IPL will be played in UAE. 100 percent sure that the committee will do nothing against the feelings of the sponsors, so SA is out. Bangladesh too, will not have enough of the crowds to host such a money targeted tournament. Also, I think there are only 2 venues in Bangladesh and playing 54 odd IPL matches after the T20 World Cup and the ongoing Asia cup is impossible. So Bang is also out.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

@deeprook 22 tnkx for ur idea but don't bring ipl here.we don't want to see it & i'm sure bcci also not wants to do that.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 15:03 GMT)

Please move the IPL to any country except Sri Lanka. There was little interest from the franchises for Sri Lankan cricketers and a lot of Sri Lankan fans are resentful of that. Also Sri Lankan fans are anti-IPL because of the strength it gives to BCCI. Crowds are what makes the IPL and with low local interest it won't be such a good move.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 14:32 GMT)

Could Any Chance OF the IPL 2014 In Bangladesh

Posted by DEEPROCKS22 on (March 5, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

I think knowing the fact that IPL 2 in 2009 not attracted much attention in SA the idea to host IPL 7 in SA will not be great idea. also UAE is to far from India so UAE out of list to host & also Bangladesh will not be premier country to host due to security reasons & pitches will be grilled up after world T20..I think the far best option is to host IPL 7 in Sri Lanka..because of convenience of travelling, same timezone of India, same pitch conditions & better value for money & security of players..pls think IPL 7 @ Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 13:10 GMT)

As I look at the election schedule, all the IPL team state's election (except West Bangal) getting over by 24 April. So matches can be scheduled in those cities post that date. Looks like bulk of IPL-7 will be played in India.

Posted by pull_shot on (March 5, 2014, 12:57 GMT)

get d bulk of matches in SAF if u care for indian cricket which nobody does

Posted by jee1 on (March 5, 2014, 12:21 GMT)

"Neither side has a top-quality spinner, so they're cribbing," a franchise official said.

If this is to be believed,then definitely the teams the above official mentioned must be Kings XI/RCB/RR.. From this cricinfo article - http://www.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2014/content/story/718635.html

1) RR has tambe and abdulla ,with young deepak hooda..But they are not top quality(Though Tambe has shown some glimpses) 2)Kings XI have Murali Kartik and Shivam Sharma.doubtful if either of them is 'top' 3)RCB have Jakati,who is not exactly a top quality spinner..Though they have Muralidharan,they won't play him as there are too less foreign spots in their team(Gayle and AB pick themselves,and RCB need a bowler and allrounder of top quality,which makes two of Morkel/Rampaul/Starc to play in the remaining spots)..So,they have an obvious weakness in spin department,although if yuvraj fires,then it will be a plus for them..

So,it looks like IPL-7 will be held mostly in Bangladesh..

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