Cricket South Africa (CSA) is still waiting to hear from the all-powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on the issue of moving the hugely popular Indian Premier League (IPL) to South Africa next year in 2019.
Reports have resurfaced in India that high ranking BCCI officials are considering moving the tournament to South Africa as it clashes with the country’s general elections that are likely to take place in April or May of 2019.
CSA chief executive Thabang Moroe said “There are no developments as far as IPL coming to South Africa in concerned. Talks have not started around that‚ BCCI has not approached CSA to ask us to host the tournament.”
South Africa previously hosted IPL in 2009 when the general elections took place in India and the edition was won by Deccan Chargers, led by Adam Gilchrist.
Moroe said, “Yes‚ CSA does have the appetite to host the tournament again. But we would have to look at the logistics and also how it would affect our own domestic fixtures. As far as financial benefits are concerned‚ I am sure that they would be standard. But we will have discussions with the BCCI to understand the benefits for CSA and not for the country alone.”
United Arab Emirates (UAE)‚ who co-hosted the 2014 edition‚ are also one of the countries being considered. The dispute with the UAE is that it will be hosting the Pakistan Super League (PSL) between February and March. The league will be concluded too close to the start of the IPL‚ thus creating a logistical nightmare.
(with inputs from timeslive.co.za)