The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to start the 12th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), 2019, from March 23. However, it is yet to decide on the date for the final play.
Though the IPL 2019 is likely to clash with forthcoming general elections, scheduled to be held in April and May months, the BCCI has decided not to shift the venue for this year matches out of India. Earlier, the IPL top brass had said that a final decision on the schedule will be taken only after the dates for the general elections were out.
Notably, IPL was held outside India in 2009 and the first half of the 2014 edition was held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) owing to the general elections on both the occasions.
Also, there were talks of advancing IPL 2019 dates to give the players enough time to rest and gear up for the 2019 World Cup, starting May 30 in England. Notably, according to Justice Lodha recommendations, there should at least be a 15-day window between the IPL and the next international fixture of the India cricket team.
The IPL 2018 had begun on April 7 and the final, which was won by the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), was held on May 27. BCCI said that 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.