The suspense over the schedule and venue of seventh season of Indian Premier League 2014 (IPL 7) is out now as BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel announced India, Bangladesh and UAE to co-host this season. IPL 7 is schedule to start from 16th April and conclude on 1st June. There was so much of confusion over the venue, as the dates were clashing with the 16th Lok Sabha Elections and the honourable Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde rued over providing enough security cover for both these mega events at a time.
According to the media release, the first leg of the star-studded cash rich tournament would take place in UAE, and then it would move to Bangladesh and finally come to India for the play-offs and final phase.
The BCCI-IPL officials were very keen on making sure the tournament remained at home turf but will now have to be content from being co-host along with UAE and Bangladesh.
It will be interesting to see the results of the constant travels on the players during this tournament spread over three countries. Looks a huge task for the tournament officials to keep the interest level abreast at all the levels of the tournament.
Earlier the second season of Indian Premier League was shifted to South Africa due to ‘security concerns’ but this option was ruled out this time keeping the note on ‘lack of turnouts in the 2009 edition’.
Read the full media release by BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel.
The BCCI is pleased to announce that the 2014 Pepsi IPL season will start on Wednesday 16th April 2014, and conclude on Sunday, 1st June 2014.
1. From Wednesday 16th April to Wednesday 30th April, at least 16 matches will be held in the United Arab Emirates. BCCI is very grateful to the Emirates Cricket Board, its Chairman, HH Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, and the government of the UAE for their offer of wholehearted support to host the Pepsi IPL for this period.
2. For the period from Thursday 1st May to Monday 12th May, BCCI has approached the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India seeking permission to play IPL matches in India in cities where the polling has concluded in the respective state. BCCI is extremely conscious of the various complexities involved but hopes for a favourable consideration. BCCI will abide by the decision of the authorities in this regard. If it is not possible to play in India during this period, IPL matches will be held in Bangladesh and BCCI is thankful to the Bangladesh Cricket Board and the government of Bangladesh for their support.
3. From Tuesday 13th May (once polling has concluded in all states), the remaining league matches plus the Playoffs will be played in India. There will be no matches scheduled on the counting day of Friday 16th May. BCCI will take the advice of the authorities if any further restrictions are required around the counting day.
A detailed match schedule for the Pepsi IPL 2014 season will be sent out soon.
Inputs from Indian Premier League Official Website