As Lok Sabha 2024 election dates announced, BCCI is in a tough spot with the IPL schedule

The Lok Sabha election dates are out. The polls in India will be held from April 19 to June 1 in seven phases, while the results will be announced on June 4. Now, where does that leave the BCCI and the much-awaited and anticipated IPL 2024 schedule? It was only last month that a two-week schedule for the IPL was announced—from March 22 to April 7, and now all eyes will be on the board to come up with the second-phase itinerary.
But the election dates, coupled with the T20 World Cup that starts on June 2 in the USA and West Indies, are bound to give sleepless nights to the BCCI. It’s not like the IPL has coincided with the general elections, but this time around, the challenges seem far too many for the board.
But as per various reports, the IPL schedule is expected to be out next week, and there are no chances of the tournament going abroad.

While the UAE might have been the most feasible option, if at all, the climate there in March, April, and May would be energy-sapping for the players.
IPL chairman ArunDhumal, too, had sounded confident about hosting the entire tournament in the country itself. There is 2019 precedence as well, where despite the general elections, the tournament was smoothly conducted in India. The 2019 IPL took place from March 23 to May 12 and coincided with the elections, from April 11 to May 19.


Mar 16, 2024 12:52 PM