The Supreme Court-appointed CoA met in New Delhi to announce the venues and the dates for IPL 2019

It has been proposed that the twelfth IPL will begin from March 23

Due to the Lok Sabha elections and the upcoming World Cup, there were questions over the schedule and the venue of the T20 league.  

The doubts over where the upcoming Indian Premier League will be held has finally come to an end. The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has confirmed that the twelfth edition of the IPL will be held in India itself.

The CoA met in New Delhi to discuss the possible venues of the tournament, as the dates are expected to clash with the Lok Sabha elections that are going to be held all over India in April and May. The administrators came to the verdict after meetings with the appropriate state and central government agencies.

According to the BCCI release, IPL 2019 is likely to commence from March 23, 2019, which means that India’s tour to Zimbabwe in all likelihood stands canceled. The final schedule with the venues will be announced after consultation with the higher authorities.

The CoA will also discuss the schedule with the stakeholders before releasing the itinerary.

The full statement is as below –

“The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Tuesday met in New Delhi to discuss the VIVO IPL 2019 venues and window.

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 scheduled to be played in India.

It is proposed that the VIVO IPL 2019 will commence on March 23, 2019. The detailed schedule will be finalized in consultation with the appropriate authorities.

The COA will then have detailed discussion with all the Stakeholders before releasing the VIVO IPL 2019 Schedule.”

The IPL has been hosted abroad twice – both during the general elections in India. While the 2009 edition saw South Africa hosting the whole tournament, 2014 was partly held in UAE and partly India.

The IPL this time will be held earlier than expected due to the World Cup that begins in England from May 30 and runs till July 14. According to the recommendations by the Justice Lodha committee, a 15-day window is necessary between the IPL and an international encounter that features India.

Hence, to adhere to this policy, the BCCI has decided to hold the event earlier so that the IPL can end by mid-May.

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