File photo of the Mumbai Indians team celebrating. (BCCI Image)
The IPL Governing Council members had an informal discussion about an alternative country hosting the seventh edition of Indian Premier League next year. The discussions were primarily based on the fact India will be going for the general elections next year and it will happen in phases across the country.
It will be very difficult for the state governments to deploy security for the matches prior or just after the election dates. "Although our first preference is certainly India keeping in mind interest of sponsors and cricket lovers but if the general election dates clashes with IPL dates, then we have no option but to think of other alternatives," a BCCI official said.
Played between April and May each year, BCCI is mulling options in case IPL 2014 coincided with the general elections. The dates of the polls, of course, are yet to be announced. According to sources, if there are some specific date clashes, then Sri Lanka can be an ideal option to host a few matches.
In its seventh edition, IPL will feature eight teams. Mumbai Indians are the defending champions. The current political term ends in May 2014 and the BCCI is believed to be preparing for any eventuality.