The twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League will be held in India inspite of the Lok Sabha elections in April and May 2019. In fact, the cricketing spectacle has been preponed to March 23, the Board of Cricket Control in India announced on Tuesday, 8 January 2019.
The Supreme Court of India appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) met in New Delhi to discuss the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 venues and window and the decision was taken after preliminary discussions.
Earlier, there were doubts whether the IPL would have to be shifted to UAE or South Africa as done previously. While the 2009 General Elections, the IPL was moved to South Africa and in 2014, the first half of the tournament was scheduled in the UAE.
NEWS: VIVO IPL 2019 to be played in India.
It is proposed that the league will commence on March 23, 2019.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) January 8, 2019
The statement from BCCI’s Committee of Administrators stated, “The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Tuesday met in New Delhi to discuss the VIVO IPL 2019 venues and window. Based on the preliminary discussions with the appropriate central and state agencies/authorities, it was decided that the 12th edition of the world’s most popular and competitive T20 tournament will be scheduled to be played in India.”
“It is proposed that the VIVO IPL 2019 will commence on March 23, 2019. The detailed schedule will be finalised in consultation with the appropriate authorities. The COA will then have detailed discussion with all the Stakeholders before releasing the VIVO IPL 2019 Schedule.”
The scheduling of the IPL this year has also to take care of the World Cup to be held in England from May 30. It was a given that the IPL starts in the first week of April and ends in the last week of May but after Justice Lodha’s recommendations, there has to be a 15-day window between the IPL and any international game.
With the IPL to be held in India completely, it will give a huge sigh of relief to the broadcasters and stakeholders as it is the biggest money spinner for the Indian Cricket Board. The Star Network has paid a staggering Rs. 16,347.50 crores to acquire the broadcasting rights for a period of 5 years.
The tournament is undoubtedly the biggest domestic T20 tournament in the world which attracts millions of fans across to the world to the stadiums and to the TV screens as well.
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