Indian Premier League rumoured to be headed to South Africa in 2019

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are rumoured to be considering moving the 2019 Indian Premier League to South Africa.

In 2009 the IPL was staged in South Africa with India holding general elections at the time and with elections again scheduled for the scheduled IPL season the board are understood to have approached Cricket South Africa with a proposal.

The CSA had scheduled an unnamed and unsponsored franchise T20 tournament for April and May but would surely jump at the chance to host the world’s most popular annual cricket event.

A source claimed to be from within the BCCI told Twenty20Wiki: “It could be a difficult situation for players and franchise owners if they’d be asked to play under different conditions within just 2-3 days, say from India to UAE or South Africa.

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“Making adjustment with conditions in such scenario would be tough task for everyone. Hence we are working to shift entire IPL 2019 season to another country and South Africa is the front runner due to their prior 2009 experience.”

South Africa’s existing cricket infrastructure is superior to the UAE given that they are a full member of the ICC with a rich history and tradition.

In 2009 matches rotated around South Africa’s numerous international quality stadia but it is thought teams may be assigned adopted home’s to draw in local support.

The source added: “There are more number of stadiums in South Africa than UAE and hosting all 60 matches couldn’t be possible for 2-3 venues. This makes Africa front runner to host the next season. Also we’re planing to kick of IPL 2019 in the mid of March so that overseas players can also get to play maximum games. PSL also be hosted in UAE. So there would be less time for grounds men to complete preparations.”

Cricket South Africa have offered no comment as of yet and when approach for comment curators in South Africa would not comment on the record.