The Indian Premier League (IPL) is looking for a new destination next year, with possibility of date clashing between India’s general election and the well famed domestic T20 competition of the country.
However, this is not the first instance for the IPL to be hosted by another country. In 2009, under the similar circumstances, South Africa edged passed England to gain the hosting rights of the Indian Premier League.
Also in 2014, the first two weeks of the tournament was also shifted to the United Arab Emirates for the Lok Sobha Election scheduled in the same month of the match schedules.
Although nothing is drafted in paper yet, it is reported that BCCI has started making overseas contingency plans for the money making tournament and they have two options in hand.
If the entire tournament will have to be shifted in another country then South Africa is to take the show like in 2009 and if the tournament will have to be partially shifted, it is United Arab Emirates to gain the prospect.
South Africa, after failed to arrange their own idea of Global T20 League, is eagerly waiting to have the chance for the biggest domestic cricket carnival to take place in their backyard once again.
A Cricket South Africa source said, “The only bigger sporting spectacle South Africa has witnessed was the FIFA World Cup. Even the 2003 ICC World Cup here paled in comparison to the excitement that the IPL triggered in 2009.”