India, Bangladesh and UAE to jointly host seventh edition of IPL
Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai
New Delhi: Finally, the suspense over the venue of Indian Premier League`s (IPL) seventh edition has ended as the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India has decided UAE, Bangladesh and India as joint hosts of the forthcoming edition, according to media reports.
The first phase of IPL matches will take place in UAE, then the cash-rich league will move to Bangladesh. And the final phase of event will be held in India.
It is also learnt that the upcoming season of the IPL will kick-start from April 16 and will conclude on June 1.
Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) informed the BCCI that it has no objection if the Indian cricket board wants to hold the IPL-7 matches post General Elections.
However, the MHA also made it clear that the BCCI has to take the green signal first from the concerned state governments for the security concerns.
On Monday, the IPL governing council chairman and senior BCCI official Ranjib Biswal has said that the BCCI would take some more time before zeroing in on the off-shore venues for the seventh edition of the cash-rich league as discussions are still on with union home ministry.
"We will announce the detailed itinerary of IPL after receiving the clearance from the union home ministry on the issue of security during the matches in India. We are having a series of meetings with home ministry officials and will get a clearer picture in another three days time," Biswal told PTI.
Biswal, a former national selector and manager of the 2011 World Cup winning team, had earlier stated that the "aim is to accommodate as many matches as possible in India as this is the Indian Premier League".
With Agency inputs