Campaign India Team
Mar 25, 2009

South Africa to host IPL, season two

It is official. The second season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be held in South Africa this year. There is a consequent change in the series schedule. Instead of April 10th, the series will now take place from April 18 to May 24, 2009. The IPL has announced that a final schedule for the 59 matches and the host venues for the eight franchises will also be announced shortly.

South Africa to host IPL, season two

It is official. The second season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be held in South Africa this year. There is a consequent change in the series schedule. Instead of April 10th, the series will now take place from April 18 to May 24, 2009. The IPL has announced that a final schedule for the 59 matches and the host venues for the eight franchises will also be announced shortly.

N. Srinivasan, honorary secretary, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said, "The BCCI and the Indian Premier League wish to thank both the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) for their generous offers to host Season II of the DLF Indian Premier league. A lot of factors were considered by us while evaluating the final choice for the host venue. However, in the final analysis I think it was the South African weather, which prevailed and tilted the balance in favour of the Rainbow Nation. I would like to once again reaffirm the IPL’s commitment to its loyal fans stating that matches will be broadcast in India at 4 pm and 8 pm as promised.” The DLF Indian Premier league will now work closely with Cricket South Africa to ensure that all the necessary logistics and technicalities are completed well in time before the league kicks-off on April 18th 2009.”

The BCCI has stated that all matches will be at 4 pm and 8 pm IST to coincide with prime time for television audiences in India.

Meanwhile, a decision is yet to be reached over the issue of telecast rights of the series after BCCI terminated the contract with Multi Screen Media (MSM) over an alleged breach of contract. MSM, in turn, appealed to the Mumbai High Court for an injunction on the order.

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