IPL 2014 to be held in South Africa?

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South Africa could host its second IPL

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are contemplating whether to hold the 2014 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in South Africa since the tournament is likely to clash with the Lok Sabha elections.

The BCCI are still considering other destinations as well, but will not announce anything until the election dates are confirmed.

The 2009 edition of the IPL was held in South Africa after the Indian government refused to allow the tournament to be held on home soil due to security concerns surrounding the general elections.

“The Lorgat issue is there but South Africa still are hot favourites,” a top BCCI official told The Times of India. “The new IPL chairman will also have a vote.”

South Africa has been selected as the back-up location since the tournament was a huge success when it was held there in 2009.

“That is because it’s a tried and tested location,” the official said.

According to numerous sources, Sri Lanka and Malaysia were also discussed as possible locations, while England was snubbed due to the cold weather.

The BCCI are also concerned that their revenue may take a drastic hit if the tournament is held in another country.

The BCCI official also noted that Sri Lanka could only host the matches that clash with the general elections.

“Only some of the matches clashing with the general elections need to be relocated, [Sri] Lanka can be explored,” the official said.

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