IPL 2019: BCCI to conduct the tournament in India; start date announced

Florence Fletcher
January 9, 2019

In a development which has come as a respite for each and every stakeholder of the Indian Premier League, the 12th season of the tournament will be played in India and will begin from March 23 this year.

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Tuesday's statement ended months of speculation about the league's venue this year given the possibility of a clash of dates with the Lok Sabha elections, the dates of which are not yet out. While the entire tournament was shifted to South Africa in 2009, in 2014, the first 20 matches were held in the United Arab Emirates at three different stadiums in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, and the remaining matches were held in India from May 2, after the elections. 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.

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India's flagship T20 tournament is expected to begin on 23 March, while the federal elections are expected to be in April and May.

Based on the preliminary discussions with the appropriate central and state agencies / authorities, it was decided that the 12th edition will be played in India, the board confirmed. Notably, according to Justice Lodha recommendations, there should at least be a 15-day window between the IPL and the next global fixture of the India cricket team.

Sam Curran was signed for a million dollars by Kings XI Punjab at December's auction in Jaipur, with Jonny Bairstow purchased by Sunrisers Hyderabad, Joe Denly and Harry Gurney joining Kolkata Knight Riders and Liam Livingstone picked up by Rajasthan. "The CoA will then have detailed discussion with all the stakeholders before releasing the IPL 2019 schedule", the CoA said in an advisory.

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