The hugely-popular two-month-long Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played in India from March 23 despite the Lok Sabha elections due in April-May, ending the uncertainty over whether it would be shifted to some other country.
The announcement on the commencement of the 12th edition of IPL was made by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) in New Delhi on Tuesday after a meeting of the committee headed by Vinod Rai.
"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," an IPL release stated.
"It is proposed that the IPL 2019 will commence on March 23. The detailed schedule will be finalised in consultation with the appropriate authorities. The CoA will then have a detailed discussion with all the stakeholders before releasing the IPL 2019 Schedule," it added.
There were also discussions on advancing the dates for IPL 2019 in order to give the players more time for rest, with the World Cup beginning on May 30 in England. The Justice Lodha recommendations further state there should be at least a 15-day gap between the IPL and the next international fixture to be played by the Indian team.
As per reports, the IPL 2019 may see a change in format with matches being played under the caravan format instead of the traditional home-away format. This has been necessitated due to a possible clash in dates with the general elections.
In the caravan format, all teams will move from one host city to another during the tournament.
In 2009, the cash-rich tournament was held in South Africa due to the general elections while the 2014 edition was partly played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) before returning home for the latter half.
With IANS inputs