IPL 2019 to kick off in India from March 23

Source: The Hindu | Published on 9th January 2019, 12:06 AM | Sports News |

This year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) will be held in India from March 23. The decision was taken here on Tuesday following a meeting of the Committee of Administrators with authorities concerned. The BCCI confirmed that the IPL will be staged in India despite the general elections.

Advance the dates:

The two-member CoA — Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji — met government officials here and decided to advance the IPL dates on account of the ICC World Cup to be held in England from May 30.

The new BCCI constitution mandates a 15-day gap between the end of IPL and India’s international assignments. In the past, IPL was twice staged out of India. The 2009 edition was played entirely in South Africa, while in 2014 some matches were held in the UAE.

According to the BCCI, the IPL schedule will be finalised once the dates for the elections are announced.

“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 played in India,” said the BCCI statement.

“It is proposed that the IPL 2019 will commence on March 23, 2019.

“The detailed schedule will be finalised in consultation with the appropriate authorities. The CoA will have detailed discussion with all stakeholders before releasing the IPL 2019 schedule,” it said.

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