IPL to split in two
The Indian Premier League’s big scoring, fast tempo, controversy-ridden game certainly has its talking points yet the 2014 campaign could become even more unique if it is moved out of the south Asian nation all together.
Reports suggest that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is currently considering hosting the seventh edition of the competition in two halves; one in India, and the other abroad, to avoid clashes with the general election.
Speaking to the Times of India, a BCCI source revealed the current thought process, explaining: “Keeping the security issue in mind during the elections, IPL may be hosted in two parts — one in India and the other in another country.
But it's not yet decided which half will be played in the country.
“The final decision will be taken only after the election dates are announced.”
The two nations believed to be forerunners as replacement hosts are South Africa are Sri Lanka yet nothing has been decided to date with any decision likely to be made over the coming months.
“We will get to know in another three weeks about which country will host the tournament if some matches are played outside India,” the BCCI source added.
If the tournament were to be moved from its base, it would be the second time in the history of the competition that a foreign country has played part-host.
In 2009, South Africa became the first country to play such a role as it played host to the second edition of the IPL after the central government in India had refused to provide security during the general elections.
The 2014 elections are likely to be held between April and May this year, meaning the dates would clash with IPL fixtures.