The Indian Premier League 2019 will be held in India despite the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BCCI said on Tuesday. The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) met in New Delhi to discuss the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 venues and window and this decision was taken after preliminary discussions.
This decision was passed on and received by the different franchises. In a press release, the BCCI said that decision to conduct the tournament in India was "based on the preliminary discussions with the appropriate central and state agencies/authorities". The Board also informed that a detailed schedule "will be finalised in consultation with the appropriate authorities", after which the Committee of Administrators will have a "detailed discussion" with all the stakeholders.
The statement from BCCI's Committee of Administrators stated -
"The Hon'ble Supreme Court of India appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Tuesday met in New Delhi to discuss the VIVO IPL 2019 venues and window.
Based on the preliminary discussions with the appropriate central and state agencies/authorities, it was decided that the 12th edition of the world's most popular and competitive T20 tournament will be scheduled to be played in India.
It is proposed that the VIVO IPL 2019 will commence on March 23, 2019. The detailed schedule will be finalised in consultation with the appropriate authorities.
The COA will then have detailed discussion with all the Stakeholders before releasing the VIVO IPL 2019 Schedule."
The tournament is the biggest money-spinner in the sport at the moment, with official broadcaster Star Sports palming off whopping Rs 16,347.50 crore ($2.55 billion) to acquire the global media rights of the tournament for a period of 5 years in September 2017.