2019 will be an important year for Indian politics as BJP will be defending its rule in the Lok Sabha in general elections. The elections have forced BCCI to wait for the election date so that they can decide on the schedule of IPL 2019. BCCI was expecting to host some part of IPL in India but their hopes have faced a setback after Sports ministry didn’t gave them a favourable answer.
“We explained to them that the key parties concerned are the ministries of home and external affairs. Apart from the other two ministries, the sports ministry’s approval is required only in case of hosting the tournament in India. Still, they (BCCI delegates) wanted to make sure about the paperwork or permissions required on the sports ministry’s part,” a source was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
IPL was hosted outside of India in 2009 when the world’s richest cricket league took place in South Africa and the 2014 edition’s first half was held in United Arab Emirates.
The 2019 edition can also be held outside of India but the franchise owners and official broadcasters(Star Sports) are against the decision following logistical issues.