A senior official of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has finally explained the reason behind the delay related to the schedule of this year’s IPL, along with the venue where final match will be played.
One of the most popular tournaments, Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to begin from March 23 and the final will be played in Chennai as the Chennai Super Kings won the 11th edition of the tournament.
While talking to Hindustan Times, a senior official explained it was not possible to release the full schedule of the IPL tournament as the dates of the general election are not decided yet. The schedule will be planned to keep the election dates in mind.
“The schedule will take some time as we need to wait for the general election dates to be released by the election commission. Since 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 expressed.
This is going to be the first time that the entire tournament will be played in the country during the election. Earlier, the competition had played in South Africa in 2009 due to the election in India. Again in 2014, some of the league stage matches had played in the UAE.
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However, this is going to be the first time that the whole tournament will be played without a chairman as the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) issued a letter on August 23 where they have given the majority of the powers to the CEO and the CFO till the new election happens. The CoA further expressed to the office-bearers that, apart from the Cricket Advisory Committee and the duly reconstituted selection committees, all the other committees and sub-committees of the BCCI had been terminated.