Elections may force IPL 7 matches out of India

This year’s IPL season 7 may be played outside the country. The T20 event is set to clash with the general polls and the BCCI is likely to take most of the games to South Africa. Earlier, it was reported that Sri Lanka was an alternative for the eight-week tournament in April-May.

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BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel has pointed out in Bangalore on Thursday that South Africa is the favored place. South Africa had hosted the IPL’s 2nd edition in 2009. South Africa has also hosted the T20 Champions League. BCCI authorities will meet Home ministry authorities in the next Ten days and arrive at a decision.

That South Africa could be a place was suggested by Delhi Daredevils’ chief coach Gary Kirsten on Thursday. The ex- South African opener, who was India’s World Cup winning coach in 2011, said his side was getting pacers “because the tournament may be played in South Africa.”

The likely move of IPL 7 matches in South Africa is also a sign of better connection between BCCI and Cricket South Africa authorities.

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