IPL 2019 to kick off in India from March 23

Indian Premier League 2019 schedule Chennai Super Kings will begin their title defence in March

Indian Premier League 2019 schedule Chennai Super Kings will begin their title defence in March

The Board of Cricket Control for India BCCI has announced that the Indian Premier League 2019 will be held in India, and March 23 has been proposed as the start date of the tournament.

Vinod Rai-led COA stated that the decision was taken based on the preliminary discussions with the appropriate central and state agencies as the IPL dates coincide with the general elections, whose dates are yet to be announced by the Election Commission of India. Chances of the 2019 season being held outside India, with the Emirates being a convenient host, were high but the speculations were put to rest on Tuesday. By beginning the league on March 23, the BCCI has made sure that there is a minimum of 10 days between the start of the IPL and India's last global match against touring Australia on March 13.

There were concerns that BCCI will have to host the league - or some of the matches - overseas as the dates might clash with the schedule of General Elections. A "detailed discussion" between the stakeholders and the Committee of Administrators is also expected to happen. The tournament is set to begin on March 23. After that, the league has always kicked off in the first half of April and ended in late May.

In 2009 South Africa hosted the tournament because of India's federal elections while five years ago the UAE hosted the tournament for the first few weeks before it was shifted back to India. But the BCCI is confident enough to manage it as the election will be held in phases and accordingly the scheduling will be done.

The early start this year is because of the ODI World Cup in England, which will get underway from May 30. According to Justice Lodha committee recommendations, a 15-day window is mandatory between the IPL and any upcoming global fixture.

ET had earlier reported that big advertisers as well as media buyers are of the view that the tournament should be played on the home soil.

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