The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 has been facing a number of issues right from the start of the tournament. In one such case, the Bombay High Court recently ordered the BCCI to move all IPL matches out of Maharashtra after April 30.
Indian cricket's governing body reacted quickly and assigned two new venues for Rising Pune Supergiants and Mumbai Indians. The former chose Visakhapatnam as their alternative home ground and the latter opted for Jaipur.
Parts of Maharashtra are seeing severe drought, as is the case with Rajasthan. The Rajasthan High Court has also questioned the decision of the state government and the BCCI to shift IPL matches from one drought-hit state to another. The court has even sent notices to several governing bodies after a PIL was filed against the three IPL matches supposed to be played at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur in May.
These and other issues have led the IPL Governing Council (GC) to rethink the future of the cash-rich tournament. The GC members are likely to consider hosting the next edition of IPL outside the country. BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur hinted as much on Thursday.
"The IPL Governing Council will be looking at the venues in India and abroad. We have to check the availability of the venues and prevailing conditions," Thakur was quoted as saying by PTI.
IPL has been played twice outside India so far. The entire tournament was played in South Africa in 2009, and the first half of the tournament was played in the United Arab Emirates in 2014.
This popular T20 mega event has been hit by one controversy after the other ever since its inception.
A few days ago, BCCI Treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary had tweeted saying that the time was not far when the IPL would be played outside India.