A decade since the last time the IPL came to these shores, the IPL could be heading to South Africa once more.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) could find its way back into this shores in 2019, according to widespread reports.
South Africa hosted the second edition of the competition back in 2009, and the world’s best could be back for another crack, thanks to the looming general elections in India, which might coincide with the window set aside for the tournament.
According to the Hindustan Times, the IPL board is waiting for the announcement of the dates for the general elections, after which a decision will be taken.
“If the dates of the general elections clash with those of the Indian Premier League, then the tournament will be held outside the country. But as of now, we are waiting for the dates to decide on how to go ahead with the scheduling,” IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said.
The previous edition of the tournament saw a return for the ever popular Chennai Super Kings, who went all the way to win the competition.
South Africa the frontrunner for IPL 2019
Although other options such as England and the United Arab Emirates – hosts’ of the first round of the 2014 edition – are being considered, South Africa is said to be the frontrunners to host its second tournament in a decade.
“It remains speculation for now until such time that the government of India announces the date for elections. But there is an appetite from them to move it to either SA or Dubai,” Cricket South Africa CEO Thabang Moroe is quoted by SA Cricket Mag.
“There are issues of wear and tear as far as our wickets are concerned and [issues regarding] our competitions because we are going to host the U19 World Cup in the next two years. Should we continue with our domestic T20 Slam this year‚ the tournament will also add to the workload on the wickets … and those are all things we must take cognisance of before we make a decision.”