SA ‘top choice’ to hold IPL tournament next year

2013-09-12 00:00

THE KZN Cricket Union would “gladly welcome” a decision by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to bring the Indian Premier League (IPL) back to South Africa.

This was after a report in the Times of India that stated that BCCI officials had discussed alternative venues should the T20 tournament clash with Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament of India) elections.

According to the report, a clearer picture would only emerge once election dates had been announced, with the IPL having being pencilled in for April to May next year.

KZNCU president Fa-eez Jaffer said he had not seen the report, and was hesitant to comment, but said: “We would gladly welcome something of that nature as it would benefit cricket in the province”.

Having already hosted a number of IPL matches in 2009, Jaffer said there would be a lot of planning involved, but that wouldn’t be an issue.

Kingsmead Stadium manager Brett Proctor said they needed confirmation “now” in order to start planning for the tournament.

“I’ve been at CSA meetings for the last two days and nothing’s been said about it,” he said.

The Times of India further reports that the issue would be looked at during the BCCI AGM on September 29, and quoted an official saying “it’s too early to speculate on the possible venues”, but if the tournament were to be taken out of the country, South Africa would be a top choice.

“That is because it’s a tried and tested location,” the official was quoted. The BCCI would, however, still try its best to hold the championship in India.

Sport24 reported that the possible hosting of the IPL on these shores could turn into bargaining ammunition for CSA in their summer series scheduling dispute with the BCCI.

The BCCI wants the summer tour itinerary cut down, the number of Tests from three to two, and one-day internationals from seven to five, saying that CSA issued a provisional, extended fixture list prematurely.

• lunga.biyela@witness.co.za

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