The first-leg of IPL 7 will be held outside of India due to general elections © Getty Images0


March 10, 2014


In what may prove to be the final call for the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) venue saga, it is very likely that the country which may host at least the first-leg of the marquee tournament’s fixtures may be announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) officials on Monday.


Though the ideas of hosting the first-leg of the IPL overseas definitely seems like a lucrative prospect still India is the preferred venue for the BCCI chiefs since hosting a tournament abroad has its own financial implications with the authorities as well as the playing franchises likely to suffer major losses if the entire tournament is shifted away from India.


The three countries which were in the running for co-hosting rights of the IPL were South Africa, Bangladesh and United Arab Emirates (UAE).


Though the Rainbow Nation being has been ruled out of the running thanks to their national elections coinciding with the dates of the tournament, it has now left UAE as the hot favorites to co-host the tournament.


Even the franchise owners have expressed a strong affinity towards UAE co-hosting the IPL which would mean lower costs on their pockets and also the fact that the Arab nation is in close proximity with India makes it even the more affordable.


Coming to South Africa and if reports are to be true then the South African government has laid down the condition that the country may host the marquee tournament only if it does so with entirety as they did in 2009 without hosting only the first-leg of matches.


The general elections in India which has forced the BCCI to search for an alternate venue for the first-half of the IPL, will be held from April 7 to May 12 which coincides with the IPL matches.


It is also reported that the BCCI had earlier set a date of April 9 to June 3 for the IPL which means that the tournament will come back to the country once the general elections get over.