Repeat of 2009: IPL-7 may be held in South Africa

Although the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is very keen to hold the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in India, chances of the Indian board making it possible appear to be very slim.

The IPL Governing Council, which met on Monday, felt it was inevitable that the cash-rich T20 tournament be held outside India. The dates of general elections are likely to clash with the IPL window slated to be between April 9 and June 3.

Recently at the IPL player auction, IPL chief Ranjib Biswal had said that South Africa could be the alternative venue to hold IPL-7.

One of the members of the Governing Council told MiD DAY yesterday: "At the moment, the ratio looks like 80:20 in favour of the IPL moving to South Africa. The chances of holding the IPL-7 in India are very, very slim. But nothing can be said until the dates of the general elections are not announced."

The member also informed that the IPL GC would meet at the end of this month to take a final call on venues and dates of the IPL-7. In 2009, the creator of IPL, Lalit Modi had moved the tournament to South Africa after the government did not guarantee enough security cover due to its clash of schedules with the general elections.

'Yuvraj bid was fair'
Meanwhile, the member also informed that the IPL GC felt last week's IPL auction was fairly conducted. Vijay Mallya had lodged a complaint for having to spend an additional Rs 4 crore on acquiring Yuvraj Singh in the auction for Rs 14 crore — the most expensive buy.

The auctioneer had closed Royal Challengers Bangalore's bid at Rs 10 crore for Yuvraj when Kolkata Knight Riders joined in the bidding, and eventually the southpaw was sold for Rs 14 crore. Mallya said since the hammer had fallen at Rs 10 crore for Yuvraj, that should have been the final bid. "We discussed what happened and the members felt the auction was conducted in fairly," he said.

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