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‘60-70 per cent of IPL ties in India’

New Delhi: With the dates of the general elections finalised, IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal Wednesday said 60 to 70 per cent matches in the seventh edition of the Twenty20 tournament will be held in India.

The decision to host “bulk of the matches” in India was taken after a meeting of BCCI bigwigs, including its president N. Srinivasan, senior vice-president Rajeev Shukla, secretary Sanjay Patel, Biswal and IPL CEO Sundar Raman at a city hotel here.

[The Telegraph had reported on March 1 that the BCCI was confident of staging around “60 per cent of IPL VII” within the country.]

Biswal insisted that since IPL is a domestic event, their main objective is to conduct majority of the matches in India.

“Now that the election dates have been finalised, we are working towards hosting bulk of the matches in India. Since it is the Indian Premier League we need to accommodate as many matches in India,” Biswal told reporters after a meeting of the IPL governing council at a city hotel here.

“Today, we discussed about foreign venues but we haven’t decided yet as we need couple of days more to finalise the offshore venue,” he said.

The election commission has announced the dates of the 16th Lok Sabha polls, which will be held on nine days from April 7 to May 12 in the highest number of phases so far.

The counting of votes will be done on May 16.

According to sources in the BCCI — the window for which has been kept from April 9 to June 3 — will be shifted to India after the counting of votes.

“After May 16, IPL VII matches will be held in India. But South Africa as an alternate venue has effectively been ruled out. (PTI)