UAE and South Africa could be in running to host 2019 edition of the IPL

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Abu Dhabi could be in the running to host a few IPL matches in 2019.

With India set to go for general elections in 2019, the Indian Premier League (IPL) faces the possibility of being moved out of the country. The IPL has previously been held overseas during 2009 in South Africa while some matches of the 2014 editions had to be held in the UAE.

The 2019 edition faces the possibility of clashing with the general elections and as such, the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) are said to be drawing up contingency plans.

According to a report in the Times of the India, the BCCI is currently exploring the options of both South Africa and the UAE as the destination for 2019 depending on when the elections are called.

Providing security for elections and the IPL simultaneously has been a logistical nightmare for the Indian administration and therefore a partial clash of the two could see the even shifted to the UAE while a complete clash could bring South Africa into play again.

With the 2019 ICC World Cup set to start on May 30 and continue until mid-July, the governing body faces the added headache of complying with the Lodha Panel’s recommendation of maintaining a 15-day window between the IPL and the global event.

South Africa had played host to the event in 2009.

South Africa had played host to the event in 2009.

The BCCI are praying that the general elections are called much earlier than usual in 2019 so as to host the competition in its entirety at home.

Another option for the organisers could be England if the situation does arise. The country had been in the running to host the IPL in 2009 before losing out to South Africa. With the World Cup set to take place in England and India’s tour of the country starting in July, the BCCI could be tempted to see it as a favourable destination for more than one reason.

It would provide the Indian stars with the perfect preparation for the global event while also getting acclimatised for the Tests, ODIs and T20Is to come from July onwards.

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MS Dhoni back with the Chennai Super Kings as IPL teams announce retained players

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MS Dhoni was the first player to be retained by Chennai Super Kings.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the names of the various players who have been retained by the different Indian Premier League franchises as the deadline to submit came to a close.

There was no surprise as crowd favourite MS Dhoni was the first to be retained by the Chennai Super Kings in their return from a two-year suspension. The franchise also retained Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina along with the former India skipper.

There was a big announcement when it comes to coaching too with Delhi Daredevils confirming that former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting will be taking charge of the team in the upcoming edition. Virat Kohli being the top retention for the Royal Challengers Bangalore was also a no-brainer.

Here, we look at the complete list of the players retained by the eight franchises.

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

1st retention – MS Dhoni

2nd retention – Suresh Raina

3rd retention – Ravindra Jadeja

Suresh Raina will line up for CSK once again.

Suresh Raina will line up for CSK once again.

DELHI DAREDEVILS

1st retention- Chris Morris

2nd retention – Rishabh Pant

3rd retention – Shreyas Iyer

Proteas all-rounder Chris Morris was Delhi's top pick in the retention.

Proteas all-rounder Chris Morris was Delhi’s top pick in the retention.

MUMBAI INDIANS

1st retention- Rohit Sharma

2nd retention – Hardik Pandya

3rd retention – Jasprit Bumrah

Sharma and Bumrah form a strong core for the Mumbai Indians.

Sharma and Bumrah form a strong core for the Mumbai Indians.

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

1st retention- Sunil Narine

2nd retention – Andre Russell

Narine will be back at his favourite hunting ground.

Narine will be back at his favourite hunting ground.

KINGS XI PUNJAB

1st retention – Axar Patel

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

1st retention- Virat Kohli

2nd retention – AB De Villiers

3rd retention – Sarfraz Khan

Virat Kohli's retention was a no-brainer.

Virat Kohli’s retention was a no-brainer.

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

1st retention- David Warner

2nd retention – Bhuvneshwar Kumar

RAJASTHAN ROYALS

1st retention- Steve Smith

The in-form Australia skipper was Royals' sole retention.

The in-form Australia skipper was Royals’ sole retention.

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IPL teams to spend upto $12m each on player salaries as wage cap rises 20%

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Champions of the 2017 edition: Mumbai Indians

The Indian Premier League, one of the world’s richest sports competitions, will let teams splurge up to $12 million each on player salaries in 2018, an increase of 20 percent.

After a meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday, the IPL governing council also said teams will have to spend a minimum of 75 percent of the salary cap each season.

The decision means the eight IPL teams are likely to spend anywhere between $72 million and $96 million on players alone for just eight weeks of cricketing action in 2018.

“Whatever changes we have come up with are all in the interest of the players,” IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla told AFP.

“We are also looking to increase the prize money for the players in future.”

While most of India’s big name players are already attached to franchises, several players bagged lucrative deals in the IPL auction in February.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes set a new record for a foreigner by joining the Rising Pune Supergiants for more than $2 million.

England pace bowler Tymal Mills went to the Royal Challengers Bangalore for $1.8 million, even though he had only played four Twenty20 internationals before that.

The attractions of last-ball winning sixes, extravagant switch-hitting and rapid-fire centuries have made IPL a favourite of the masses, especially the younger generation.

The IPL’s 60 games are valued at roughly $8.5 million each, not far off the estimated $9.6 million per English Premier League match – and well over the $6.2 million price tag attached to home internationals in India.

Provided by AFP Sport

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