New Delhi, Feb 16 (): The IPL governing council definitely said the seventh edition of the tournament would be played in South Africa if it had to be moved out of India.
IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal said that the dates have been uncertainly set for April and May. He said that they have a window from April 9 to June 3 and they wanted to obviously hold maximum matches in India. But, the seventh edition of the IPL will crash with the general elections and it would be “really difficult” to hold the tournament during that period. The general election is scheduled to be held in April-May.
Ranjib Biswal said South Africa is a favourite place to host the IPL if it goes out of India. He added they had been communicating with the Union home ministry and had received fillers from them. But, he said that they would officially meet them next week and take a call within the next ten days.
Last week reports said that the IPL organisers had authorised the United Arab Emirates, South Africa and Bangladesh as potential alternative venues. Finally it was 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.
Previously, the second edition of the IPL in 2009 was shifted to South Africa as the home ministry refused permission because of the previous Lok Sabha elections. But this time around, BCCI is under pressure from its sponsors to hold the tournament in India.
The IPL authorities will be meeting Home Ministry officials next week. Then, they will have a Governing Council meeting, where they will plan to decide on the venue. A final decision on the venue and the exact schedule is expected to be taken in the coming 10 days.