IPL 2014 news March 6, 2014

IPL schedule will be 'finalised' on Friday - Biswal


IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal has confirmed that the decision over the venues and scheduling of the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League will be "finalised and announced" on Friday. Bangladesh and South Africa have emerged as contenders to host the away leg of the IPL, if required, depending on the union home ministry's decree.

Though Biswal declined to discuss the details over whether the IPL - which clashes with the Indian federal elections - will be held in one or more countries among India, South Africa, Bangladesh and UAE, ESPNcricinfo understands that the BCCI has prepared two options, based on the directive from the home ministry. A senior BCCI functionary on Wednesday is believed to have discussed the possibility of the IPL returning to India at the start of May - once the polling in a few IPL-hosting states is over - with a bureaucrat in the home ministry.

If union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, who had recently declared the inability to provide security till the elections are over, allows IPL games to be staged in states where polling is completed, then the BCCI is contemplating to stage the first 16 matches in the latter half of April in the neighbouring Bangladesh. "Logistically it would make a lot of sense," said a BCCI insider. "We won't end up wasting a lot of time between the overseas and home legs in such a case. However, ultimately the ball is in the ministry's court."

If the home ministry sticks to its earlier stand, then the BCCI will be forced to stage at least two-thirds of the tournament away from home. In that case, South Africa emerges as the likely host for the overseas leg due to the availability of infrastructure and the experience of 2009, when the IPL was shifted there for the same reason.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • NIthin on March 12, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    It will be difficult task for BCCI to schedule matches between elections,tough task really

  • John on March 10, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Which Friday ? Friday before April 9 ?

  • Android on March 10, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    can't wait more , why are you guys taking such a long time to finalize on the venue , please make the ipl transparent ,

  • John on March 8, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    Where is my IPL 7 schedule? Its already Saturday!!!

  • Android on March 8, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    when will the IPL schedule come ya its already Saturday afternoon

  • Terence on March 8, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    which friday.. ?? i thought Biswal wanted only a couple of days.

  • ESPN on March 8, 2014, 0:04 GMT

    The SA board should tell the BCCI to go hang, after their abysmal treatment over the recent Test series.

  • jason on March 7, 2014, 2:30 GMT

    KingSalz. Nothing will happen mate. Whole thing will be swept under the carpet, wait and see ay. The truth is instead of asking for accountability, many indians defend these crooks. Look at Dhoni, who despite persistent allegations, still has many defending him. The game can't be clean, until folks get their priorities right. Change of mind set and attitude is needed ay. cheers

  • Salman on March 6, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    First thing first. It's important to see what happens tomorrow, in the Mudgal hearing. Though I don't think IPL will be banned, but there are going to be major ramifications, and many more players and officials will be named in the hearing; so India, brace yourselves.

  • Harry on March 6, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    why not host the entire tournament in SA? This will go some ways to make it right with the SA public after N Srini's ego clashed with Haroon Lorgat. Plus IPL can request bouncy fast pitches to prepare the Indian players for the WC2015 in Aus. Bangladesh makes logistic sense if some of the games are played in India but if 2/3rd of the games are away it makes sense to host the entire tournament in SA.

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