To avoid clash with 2019 polls, IPL to begin from March 23 in India


New Delhi: The 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which is likely to begin from March 23, is scheduled to be played in India despite the clash with the upcoming general polls, the BCCI said on Tuesday.

While the dates are likely to clash with general elections, which are expected to take place in April-May, a BCCI release said the date and venue had been decided by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) after discussions with federal and state officials.

A statement from the CoA said, “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. 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.”



In view of the upcoming general polls, the venue of the sporting event is still a topic of discussion among the authorities. After the election dates are released, the venues and dates of the IPL matches will be fixed.

Notably, In 2009 and 2014, the IPL had been moved to South Africa and the UAE (first half of the season) respectively as the tournament clashed with general elections.

IPL has not announced the date for the final, it is likely to be around mid-May.

Besides, IPL will end a couple of weeks before the World Cup begins on May 30 in England because of which availability of overseas players towards the tail-end of the season is still unclear.

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