South Africa to host IPL from April 18March 24th, 2009 - 11:05 pm ICT by ANI
Johannesburg, Mar 24 (ANI): Indian Premier League (IPL) Commissioner Lalit Modi on Tuesday said that the first match of the cash-rich tournament would be held on April 18.
The tournament will now be held between April 18 and May 24, which will feature 59 matches.
IPL organisers took the decision after consultations with the Cricket South Africa Chief Executive Officer Gerald Majola.
We are thankful for the South African cricket board for their support. We took the decision irrespectives of the costs. The first match of the tournament will be held on April 18, Modi said in a press conference here.
Modi said the successful hosting of the World Cup Twenty20 tournament worked in favour of the South Africa.
South Africa had successfully hosted the World Cup Twenty20 tournament. The weather is also more favourable here than England, Modi added.
The IPL Commissioner believed that it was a hard decision to take IPL out of India.
It was very unfortunate and hard to take IPL out of India, he added. The six venues, where matches are scheduled to play, are yet to decide.
Matches would start at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. IST.
Modi said that he would like to build up its fan base in South Africa.
Earlier in the day, it was decided to give the opportunity to host the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to South Africa.
It was also decided that the tournament would start from April 18, a delay of about one week from the original schedule.
Durban, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth are the expected venues for the tournament.
South Africa scored an edge over England as a potential host of the cash-rich event because of its conducive weather in the April-May period.
South Africa have also assured top security during the mega event. (ANI)
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