Mumbai, Sep 10: The seventh edition of Indian Premier League (IPL 7) may not be held in India due to Lok Sabha elections.
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are likely to host IPL 7 matches, if not all but few, according to a report in "The Indian Express" on Tuesday.
In 2009, due to general elections, IPL was moved to South Africa. That was the second edition of the cash-rich Twenty20 league. The now defunct Deccan Chargers had won IPL 2.
"A clear picture will emerge only after the dates for the Lok Sabha elections are announced. Until then, we are considering whether to have a few games in India and then move abroad, or vice versa. Both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are short journeys, so logistically, it won't be much of a problem," a BCCI official told the newspaper.
"The decision to move to South Africa in 2009 was taken at the last minute, and nobody had expected then that there would be an issue regarding security. But we now know that such a situation may arise again, and we are getting ready for it," the official added.
IPL, held every year in May and June, might clash with the elections unless the polls are advanced. BCCI is in the process of chalking out plans for the next season.
The report also added that IPL 7 could be staged in two phases - one in India and outside.
Unlike 2009, this time, BCCI will not be requesting Cricket South Africa (CSA) to hold the tournament. India and South Africa cricket boards have not been in good terms in recent times after CSA appointed Haroon Lorgat as its CEO.