IPL Governing Council chairman Rajeev Shukla

The 10th edition of Indian Premier League may begin from April 5 next year, less than a week after the test series against Australia ends on March 29, said IPL Governing Council chairman Rajeev Shukla on Tuesday, adding that no decision was taken in violation of the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee directives.

The players’ auction will be held in Bengaluru on Feb. 4. This will be the final edition under the existing 10-year contract.

“There is a proposal to start IPL 10 from April 5. The auctions will happen in Bengaluru on February 4. We had to keep a gap of one week after the Australia series,” Shukla told reporters after the Governing Council meeting was called to discuss operational issues pertaining to the cash-rich league.

“We will only discuss about the operational part of the next season.We have to take into account a lot of factors as there will be extensive discussion on the itinerary.The only agenda is operations and there will be no such agenda that violates Supreme Court diktat,” he said, according to PTI

Image Credit: BCCI.

Image Credit: BCCI.

The IPL franchises’ workshop will be held in Dubai. The Hyderabad Sunrisers will host the opening ceremony.

IPL matches scheduled in Maharashtra had to be shifted out last year after outrage over use of water to maintain stadiums even as the state reeled under severe drought. He said, “We will have water harvesting technology at stadiums in Maharashtra to counter drought threat in the state.We will ensure that we can generate our own water to maintain stadiums.” BCCI president Anurag Thakur, GC chairman Rajeev Shukla, Secretary Ajay Shirke, Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, Punjab Cricket Association President MP Pandove and Jharkhand Cricket Association chief Amitabh Choudhary were present at the meeting.