Every year, the Indian Premier League takes place in the months of April and May. But every 5 years, it coincides with the General Elections in the country. This year also, the 2 major events will collide. The IPL 2019 fixtures are likely to be out after the dates for the Lok Sabha Elections are announced.
In the month of May, the tenure of current Lok Sabha will end. The elections will be held before that. Also, the ODI World Cup is scheduled to begin on May 30 in England and Wales. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has to consider both the events for the IPL 2019 fixtures.
In the 11 years of IPL, it has happened twice that the league coincided with the elections. In 2009, the tournament was held in South Africa. Five years later, in 2014, the first half of the league was held in UAE while the remaining was hosted by India. In 2019, the tournament will be hosted by India and is most likely to begin on March 23.
As per a report in Hindustan Times, the IPL 2019 fixtures could only be released in March, once the Election Commission of India declares the election schedule. The Lodha Committee has recommended a minimum gap of 15 days between the end of IPL and the beginning of the World Cup.
“The schedule will take some time as we need to wait for the general election dates to be released by the election commission. Since this is the most important event in the calendar year, one has to ensure that we work according to the dates and plan the games in a way that everything is in sync. We all know the kind of arrangement that goes behind hosting elections and that is the priority,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying.