General elections may force Indian Premier League matches out of India

South Africa is the preferred venue for Indian Premier League matches this year because providing security during the elections may become a major issue.

updated: February 13, 2014 17:40 IST
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This year's Indian Premier League may be played outside the country. The T20 tournament is set to clash with the general elections and the Board of Control for Cricket in India is likely to take most of the games to South Africa. Earlier, it was reported that Sri Lanka was an option for the eight-week championship in April-May.

BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel has indicated in Bangalore on Thursday that South Africa is the preferred venue. The Rainbow Nation had hosted the IPL's second edition in 2009. South Africa have also hosted the T20 Champions League. BCCI officials will meet Home ministry officials in the next 10 days and arrive at a decision.

"We are considering so many options. We are meeting the Home Ministry officials and the Home Minister (Sushil Kumar Shinde) to know the possible dates on which we can accommodate (the IPL) in India as far as possible. We are keen holding the matches in India. If not, South Africa is the preferred destination. But also the second and third options are open," IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal said in Bangalore. He, however, did not name the second and third options.

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