Finally, the BCCI senior official has closed all the drama and reports regarding the schedule of the Indian Premier League 2019 (IPL 2019 Schedule). The respective official confirmed that they will be announcing the schedule of the upcoming IPL edition after the declaration of the dates for the General Elections by the Indian Government.
Further, he made it clear that the announcement of the schedule is impossible before the declaration of the dates of General Elections. He added that they need to look after a lot of issues before announcing the schedule. He highlighted the fact that Indian Premier League is the most-followed tournament in the world.
IPL is the most important event in the calender – BCCI
BCCI, in January, had confirmed the T20 tournament will stay in India and will kick off on March 23. There were reports that IPL might be played outside India due to elections. On past two occasions, the tournament was shifted out of India due to the same reason.
“The schedule will take some time. We need to wait for the general election dates to be released by the election commission. This is the most important event in the calendar year. One has to ensure that we work according to the dates and plan the games in a way that everything is in sync. We all know the kind of arrangement that goes behind hosting elections and that is the priority,” he explained.
Earlier, the officials declared that the tournament will get underway on March 23rd. Most probably, it will get underway on time but few schedules will collide with the general elections, which needs a reschedule. In order to avoid those, BCCI is still waiting for the official confirmation.
Despite the changes in between the tournament dates, BCCI would most likely look to conclude the tournament at least 15 days prior to the ICC World Cup 2019. In between, few of the foreign players will be leaving the tournament early.
The final of the tournament will be played in Chennai, as the Chennai-based franchise, Chennai Super Kings won Indian Premier League 2018. Last year, they have been forced to shift their home venue due to some internal political issues in Chennai.