AWAY AGAIN: The IPL will be split two, possibly three, ways this year.
The seventh edition of the IPL will be conducted from April 16 to June 1 with matches in the United Arab Emirates and in India, with a possibility of games in Bangladesh if the BCCI fails to get the permission of the Government of India during the general elections.
"At least 16 matches will be held in the UAE. BCCI is very grateful to the Emirates Cricket Board, its chairman, 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," said BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel in a statement.
"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," Patel said.
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The elections go on from April 7 to May 12.
If the BCCI doesn't get the permission to hold matches in India between that period the IPL will shift to Bangladesh. After the conclusion of polling, matches, including the play-offs, will be held in India from May 13 onward.
No matches would be held on counting day May 16.
"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," Patel added.
The full schedule will be made available soon.
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