The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced, formally, its decision to hold the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) outside India this year. This follows the reservations first aired by the Union home minister P. Chidambaram, and later echoed by various States at various times, that the “State” could not provide for the IPL at a time when the general elections were on.
The IPL came up with alternative dates which were reviewed by the home minister, and then further reviewed, and then further re-reviewed. Yet, different governments came up with riders and caveats that were clearly unacceptable to the IPL beyond a point, which was in no position to push the dates forward since there was no other window open in the ICC calender. IPL was also not willing to truncate the tournament.
Considering that “cricket is religion”, considering that Season 1 was a TV “success”, considering all the money, jobs, glitz and glamour associated with IPL, will an “Indian” Premier League being held outside India still have the same impact if it is held in England or South Africa? And, considering that most of the opposition has come from Congress-ruled countries States, can the BCCI decision have an impact on the elections?
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