With 2018 ending, we have come one step closer to another thunderous season of the cricketing extravaganza, the Indian Premier League. The year 2019 will witness the twelfth season of IPL, starting from 23 March till 12 May.
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Over the years, IPL has been able to withstand the gravity of the multiple challenges it has had to face. With events like the founder, Lalit Modi’s involvement in multiple scandals and the spot-fixing and betting scandal of 2013 which hit hard in the face of the very spirit of cricket and led to the banning of the most successful franchises, namely the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals, the fans had every right and reason to feel disappointed. But such is the madness for the game of cricket in our country, the viewership has kept on soaring, reaching new heights every year and the revenues have continued to grow. This can be better explained by the fact that when Pepsi terminated its title sponsorship, BCCI, the parent of the league, could manage to sell the annual title sponsorship to Vivo which paid a quarter more than its predecessor!
Besides, the IPL, in every season has given numerous players, who might otherwise have not come into the spotlight in the traditional format of the game, an opportunity to shine and prove their mettle. The event also lives up to the spirit of cricket by establishing harmony among players from different cultures, races and different levels of talent, playing together in the same team as brothers. Given the history of the event, its not difficult to predict that IPL 2019 would offer nail-biting experience. But some new challenges and doubts await the twelfth season.
A major uncertainty for the league is the schedule of the 2019 General elections of the country. Announcements for which have not been made yet. Certainly, BCCI would not want the cricket extravaganza to coincide with the political one. With the security resources deployed for the elections, assumptions are that either UAE or South Africa will host the 2019 IPL matches. While the venue has not been finalized yet, let us have a look at the feasibility of the possible locations.
CONCLUSION: The change in venue is more of an obvious thing this time so this might not cause financial losses as massive as in 2009. Still, the returns in a foreign land are expected to be far below those in India.
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Scheduled in England, ICC World Cup 2019 can create a hurdle in IPL. Already, to maintain the mandatory gap of 15 days between two major events, the match of Indian cricket team has been postponed to June 05, from June 02.
Struggling with Supreme Court orders and an internal investigation regarding CEO, the BCCI is not in its strongest position, as of now, which makes it harder for the body to get through to any crisis via the path of negotiation.
Ever since its beginning, the IPL has played a big role in boosting the local economy, of the places where matches are played as well as the country’s overall economy. The expectations from the event grow higher with every passing year. But, given the circumstances, one can’t be sure of the success of this event. However, one thing is certain that the coming summer vacations are going to be exhilarating.