Amitabh Choudhary, BCCI’s acting secretary, has been actively participating in interviews and press conferences, interacting with the media to discuss major concerns related to the Indian Premier League. The schedule of the first 17 matches of the 12th edition of IPL was unveiled last month. Mr Choudhury, in a recent press conference, revealed that the complete IPL schedule will only be released once the election schedule is out.
Amitabh said, “We’ll know which areas or which states will have elections in which phases and accordingly we’ll announce the IPL schedule.”
He also revealed that BCCI has decided that even though the league is overlapping with the general elections still IPL will be conducted within the territory of India. Having said that, efforts have have been made to be in dialogue with various government agencies.
Adding to that, he also disclosed that the role of key Indian players in the upcoming IPL would be subject to the opinion of the selection committee and also the franchise. “The players who are also a part of the World Cup squad will be given the liberty of choosing the number of IPL matches they want to feature in. That way the workload will be reduced,” he stated.
The BCCI was able to release the itinerary on February 19, for the first 17 matches spanning from March 23 to April 5. The first match would be commenced with the defending champions Chennai Super Kings taking on the Royal Challengers Banglore at the MA Chaidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Rumours were there about the second part of the T20 league could be shifted to outside of India due to a clash in dates with the general elections 2019.
However, in the recent press conference, the acting secretary told the media that the rest of the dates will only be declared once the election dates are out. “We have followed the home-away format for the teams in the first half of the schedule. Whether or not we’ll be able to follow that in the next half again depends on the election dates and venues,” stated the COO of the IPL.