Part of IPL 2024 may take place in Middle East due to Lok Sabha polls: Report

The first half of the 2014 edition of the IPL was held in the UAE

IPL 2024 teams and squads Due to Lok Sabha elections, IPL 2024 may take place in Dubai

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may decide to hold a part of the IPL 2014 in the Middle East to avoid a clash with the Lok Sabha elections. A group of top BCCI officials have travelled to Dubai to explore the possibilities of hosting the cash-rich T20 league in the city, a report claimed.

Many teams have asked their squad to present their passports in the light of the development, Times Of India (TOI) said in a report. The final call as to whether to move the tournament out of the country or not was to be finalised after the Election Commission of India (ECI) officially revealed the dates for the general elections on Saturday evening, the daily reported quoting a BCCI source.

The general election will be held in 7 phases, between April 19 and June 1,  Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said. As per the schedule, the counting of votes will be done on June 4. 

Earlier in February, the BCCI announced the schedule for the first half of the league. The 21 games will be played between March 22 (Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore) and April 7 (Lucknow between Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans).

The first half of the 2014 edition of the IPL was held in the UAE in light of the general elections. The tournament once again took place outside the country in 2020 due to the pandemic. The matches took place at three venues - Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

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