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South Africa are the first choice for IPL 7 if forced to play outside India 

South Africa are the first choice for IPL 7 if forced to play outside India
The IPL night matches will start in traditional time. (Image Courtesy: BCCI)

According to media reports, top BCCI officials have confirmed that they have shorlisted venue for IPL 7, and it will either be held in India or South Africa now. The IPL governing council made it clear that IPL 7 would be played in South Africa if it had to be forced out of India due to general elections. Earlier, as reported by Sportzwiki, Bangladesh and UAE too, were in the race, but now it seems the Rainbow nation has taken over the other two after Cricket South Africa (CSA) voted in favour of BCCI at ICC.

Ranjib Biswal, the IPL chairman, said: “South Africa is a favourite to host the IPL if it goes out of India. We have been communicating with the Union home ministry and have received fillers from them. But we will officially meet them next week and take a call within the next ten days.”

Biswal also revealed the dates for the tournament which he described will be hed tentatively in April and May.

“We have a window from April 9 to June 3 and we want to obviously hold maximum matches in India,” he further added.

On the other hand, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel stated unambigiuosly that they have been frequently communicating with the franchises in this regard.

“We are in constant touch with the franchises. We have had a series of meetings with them on the issue and we are also taking owners into confidence,” Patel stated.

When asked if the uncertainty over the tournament is making things tough for the team managements, Patel said: “Don’t think so. They know and understand the situation and should be ready for all possibilities.”

It has been reported for quite a sometime now that this edition of the IPL will clash with the general elections and hence will be “difficult” to hold the tournament in that period. According to some franchises, they also feel that if South Africa is the host then the entire tournament will likely be played there. The IPL was held in Rainbow nation in 2009 as well because of the “general elections” in India.

After the Mudgal report, Biswal also revealed that a booklet will be published for all the franchises, giving them the idea of dos and don’ts and also will benifit in part to the anti-corruption measures.

“We have already given them clear guidelines. We will publish a booklet and arrange for video presentations to inform the franchises what to do and what not to. We are taking every possible step to ensure a corruption-free tournament,” Biswal concluded.

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