Weeks of speculations and uncertainty related to IPL 7 location came to an end by the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) announcement on wednesday that the seventh sesson of the Indian Premier League (IPL 7) will be held in three phases from April 16 to June 1, and will kick-off far away from home due to upcoming general elections in India.
The cricket board announced that the 47-day tournament will start in the United Arab Emirates and will end India, but the final schedule is yet to be announced as there is still no clarity over a possible second phase whether it would be held in Bangladesh or India.
The IPL-7 Tournament will not go to South Africa as earlier the speculations was being made as the IPL officials look to bring it back to India at the earliest to appease sponsors and ensure gate receipts.The polls end on May 12, and counting takes place four days later, but the Board is trying to somehow get security clearance to bring the rest of the tournament home.
The UAE will host atleast 16 matches from April 16 to April 30 – Sharjah, Abu Shabi and Dubai are likely to be the venues, following which the tournament will come back to India or shift to Bangladesh from May 1 to May 1, The third and final phase including remainging league matches and playoffs, will be held in India from May 13 onwards after the poll ends as said by BCCI.
The BCCI’s anti-corruption officials and the ICC have vowed to shield the event from any kind of spot-fixing and betting controversies that enveloped the IPL 6.