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IPL 2019 could be moved to United Arab Emirates due to country’s general elections

KOLKATA: United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be the conceivable destination for the BCCI if 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) dates conflict with the country’s general elections.

The 12th IPL edition will be held from 29 March to 19 May in 2019 but BCCI knows that there remains a probability of Lok Sabha elections occurring around that time of the next year.

“Well, we will only take a call when the situation arises, but we are ready for any such eventuality. The United Arab Emirates looks to be the most likely country where it would be shifted if need be,” a senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official told PTI.

He also said, “UAE’s time zone suits the Indian audience, unlike South Africa.”

The IPL has been moved twice in the past because of general elections.

In 2009, the whole tournament was moved to South Africa while in 2014, the initial part of the league was held in the UAE.

In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), matches are played at 3 venues — Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

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