The second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was moved out of India in 2009 as the tournament clashed with the general elections and the government had made it clear they weren’t in a position to provide adequate security to organise the cash-rich league.
A similar situation may arise next year as the seventh edition of the IPL is likely to be held around the same time as the 2014 polls. Only this time, the Board is contemplating moving the tournament to either Bangladesh or Sri Lanka.
Having made the mistake of waiting till the eleventh hour before shifting the tournament to South Africa in 2009, the BCCI looks to have learnt its lesson and has already started contemplating an alternate plan of action if election dates clash with the IPL. While holding the tournament in either Bangladesh or Sri Lanka would be financially more feasible — as the rupee has weakened considerably against the dollar in recent times — there are certain other areas of concern.
A senior BCCI official told MAIL TODAY that moving the tournament out of India is definitely an option, but several factors had to be kept in mind.
“There have been talks, but it is still at a nascent stage. While it will be less expensive if we move to either Bangladesh or Sri Lanka, we do need to look at the broadcasting issues as well as well as the logistics and revenue generation processes."
“Last time we moved at the eleventh hour and things were messed up. So this time, we have talked of the possible options well in advance. But the final call will be taken only after the election dates are announced,” he said.
BCCI’s relations with Cricket South Africa (CSA) have suffered a lot in recent times, and the economic scenario makes the shift to that country all the more unlikely.
“We aren’t looking at options outside the sub-continent because of the economy. The differences between BCCI and CSA had nothing to do with the call,” he argued.
Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.