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Despite Lok Sabha Elections, IPL 2019 To Take Place Entirely In India From March 23

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| January 8 , 2019 , 18:29 IST

The 12th edition of the richest cricket tournament Indian Premier League (IPL), will be played entirely in India from March 23, despite the tournament clashing with the Lok Sabha elections, which are expected to take place in April-May.

Earlier, the chances of the 2019 season being held outside India, with the Emirates being a convenient host, were high but the speculations were put to rest on Tuesday.

The announcement on the commencement of the 12th edition of IPL was made by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) here on Tuesday after a meeting of the committee headed by Vinod Rai.

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It is learnt that the IPL has twice been hosted outside India- in 2009 (South Africa) and 2014 (partly in UAE) – because of general elections.

The dates for IPL 2019 final has not yet been fixed but the authorities have decided that the 12th season of the T20 tournament will be played in India, according to a BCCI release. “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,” the BCCI said in a release.

"It is proposed that the IPL 2019 will commence on March 23. The detailed schedule will be finalised in consultation with the appropriate authorities. The CoA will then have a detailed discussion with all the stakeholders before releasing the IPL 2019 Schedule," it added.