NEW DELHI: With the dates of the general elections finalised, Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Ranjib Biswal has said that 60 to 70 percent matches in the seventh edition of the Twenty20 tournament will be held in India. The decision to host ‘bulk of the matches’ in India was taken after a meeting of Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) bigwigs, including its president N Srinivasan, senior vice-president Rajeev Shukla, secretary Sanjay Patel, Biswal and IPL CEO Sundar Raman at a city hotel here.
Biswal insisted that since IPL is a domestic event, their main objective is to conduct majority of the matches in India. “Now that the elections dates have been finalised, we are working towards hosting bulk of the matches in India. Since it is the Indian Premier League we need to accommodate as many matches in India,” Biswal told reporters after coming out from a meeting of the IPL governing council at a city hotel here on Wednesday. “Today, we discussed about foreign venues but we haven’t decided yet as we need couple of days more to finalise the offshore venue,” he said.
According to sources in the BCCI, the Twenty20 event – the window of which has been kept from April 9 to June 3 – will be shifted to India. “After May 16 IPL 7 matches will be held in India. But South Africa as an alternate venue has effectively been ruled out since South Africa wanted to host the entire tournament,” a source said. Besides South Africa, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bangladesh were the other countries, which are in fray to host part of IPL 7.
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