IPL-7 may be split in two halves

One half in India, the other abroad, because of the 2014 General Elections.

MUMBAI: The BCCI is planning to dissect this season’s IPL into two halves considering that the seventh edition of the cash rich tournament will clash with the upcoming general elections.

According to a report in Times of India, the Board is planning to conduct one half of the event in India and the other, abroad.

The identity of the other co-host country, however, is not yet confirmed, the report said quoting a BCCI official.

“Keeping security concerns in mind, IPL may be hosted in two parts. But it is not yet decided which part will be played in the country. A final decision will be taken only after the election dates are announced,” the official said.

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Sri Lanka and South Africa are considered to be in the reckoning as possible co-hosts, with the latter already having hosted the 2009 tournament after the Government refused to provide security, citing elections.

The 2014 Lok Sabha elections are scheduled to be held in April and May.

Sri Lanka, in fact, is also on the radar as a possible alternative venue for the Asia Cup, which is slated to be held in Bangladesh in February but which may be shifted from that nation on account of the recent political violence.

“We will get to know after three weeks which country will host the tournament, if some matches have to be played outside India," the official added.

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