It is final. The second edition of the IPL will now be held in South Africa.
With the venue decided, the IPL is now readying a final schedule for the 59 matches and the host venues for the eight franchises.
It is expected that the opening ceremony is in most likelihood would be held in Cape Town on April 18. This is a week later than initially scheduled. Probable venues for the matches would be Johannesburg, Durban, Centurion, Port Elizabeth, East London and Cape Town.
The weather factor seems to have given South Africa an edge over the other contender England. Besides the weather, England also faced issues in the form of cost, scheduling and the likelihood of conflict between television rights holders.
England had initially emerged as the preferred venue to host the tournament after a powerful lobby within the BCCI and the Indian team management felt that such a move would help in preparing for the World Twenty20 in June, sources said. The Board of Control for Cricket in India at an emergency meeting on Sunday had decided to hold the Twenty20 tournament outside the country after the state governments expressed their inability to provide security to the tournament as it clashes with the general elections.
Meanwhile, Tendulkar, captain of the IPL team Mumbai Indians, has opined that he is disappointed with IPL being held abroad. “It is disappointing that IPL has been moved out of India, Tendulkar said. We will miss playing in front of our supporters. It won’t be the same, he added.
Adding, Yuvraj Singh, the Kings XI Punjab captain was also of the opinion that the second edition of the Indian Premier League is going to be different. Pointing out that it was sad that the IPL wont be held in India, he said, “but it is the decision of the board and we will have to follow it.”