IPL 2019 to be played in India despite elections

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    The 2019 IPL will be played entirely in India, and will start on March 23rd.

    According to the BCCI, the venue had been a subject of speculation because the dates clash with the country’s general elections, which are expected to take place in April-May.

    The IPL has clashed with elections on two previous occasions: 2009 and 2014, and in those cases, the tournament was moved to South Africa and the United Arab Emirates respectively.

    The BCCI says the decision to host the tournament in India anyway was taken after discussions with federal and state officials.

    ESPN CricInfo says the full IPL schedule will likely be released in early February and in addition to the home bases of the eight franchises, four to six additional grounds have been shortlisted as back-ups.

    Once India’s Election Commission announces the final dates for the polls, the IPL will consider if any of match venues need changing.

    Chennai Super Kings won the 2018 IPL. (Photo Credit: BCCI)