The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 schedule has encountered a new twist as Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister, Harin Fernando, has reportedly urged BCCI Secretary Jay Shah to consider hosting a few matches of the tournament in Sri Lanka. This proposal comes as the tournament’s dates clash with the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in India later this year.
According to initial reports, the IPL 2024 was set to commence from March 22, with all matches scheduled to be held in India. However, in light of the scheduling conflict with the Lok Sabha elections, Sri Lanka has emerged as a potential alternative venue for some of the IPL matches.
The request from the Sri Lankan Sports Minister comes after BCCI Secretary Jay Shah engaged in discussions with government authorities and security officials regarding the tournament’s arrangements and logistical challenges. While no official statement has been released by either party regarding the feasibility or likelihood of the proposal, it marks an interesting development in the IPL 2024 saga.
If the suggestion to move some IPL matches to Sri Lanka materializes, it would not be the first time that the island nation has hosted matches of the cash-rich league. Sri Lanka has previously been a venue for IPL matches, showcasing the country’s infrastructure and capability to host high-profile cricket events.
As discussions and deliberations continue between the BCCI and the Sri Lankan authorities, cricket fans await further updates on whether the IPL 2024 schedule will indeed see a shift in venue to accommodate the logistical challenges posed by the concurrent Lok Sabha elections in India.