After the IPL Governing Council's (GC) meeting on Wednesday here, the first leg of matches were announced to be held in United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The first leg of 20 matches will be played at three venues - Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah from April 16 to 30.
The matches were shifted out of India due to the general elections to be held from April 7 to May 12 in nine phases.
"Pursuant to the initiative taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, many State Governments have indicated that IPL matches can be conducted in their respective states," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement after the meeting here.
"Based on the responses received so far, the BCCI believes that the Pepsi IPL 2014 can be conducted in India from the first week of May," he added.
"The schedule for the remaining 40 matches will be announced in due course," he said.
The final of IPL 7 will be held on June 1.