IPL to start in UAE due to national elections
NEW DELHI (AP) — The first two weeks of the Indian Premier League in April will be played in the United Arab Emirates owing to India’s general elections around the same time.
The Indian cricket board announced the move on Wednesday after the Indian government said it would not be able to provide security for the entire Twenty20 tournament which runs from April 16 to June 1.
The tournament will be held in the UAE until April 30, after which organizers will consult the government and hold the next round of matches from May 1-12 either in India or in neighbouring Bangladesh.
The rest of the tournament from May 13, including the playoffs, will be in India. The complete schedule has not been finalized yet.
This is the second time the cash-rich IPL is moving out of the country. The full tournament was held in South Africa in 2009 as the dates clashed with elections then, too.
South Africa was being considered as an alternate this year but the BCCI was keen to hold the most possible matches in India.
India’s elections will be held in nine phases from April 7 to May 12.