The seventh edition of the Indian Premier League is likely to be divided into two halves, one in India and the other abroad. The Board of Control for Cricket in India is reportedly mulling over the possibility of holding one part of IPL 7 in another country as the league is likely to clash with the general elections scheduled for this year.
"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," a BCCI source was quoted as saying by Times of India. The elections are likely to be held in April-May this year.
Neighbours Sri Lanka and South Africa are the two options for hosting the T20 league. The African nation hosted the tournament in 2009 after the central government refused to provide security during the general elections that year. "We will get to know after three weeks which country will host the tournament, if some matches have to be played outside India," the source added.