The seventh edition of the Indian Premier League will take place during the 55-day 'window' between April 9 and June 3.
As far as the venue is concerned, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said, "We are considering so many options. We are waiting first for the home ministry to check the possible dates."
"As far as possible, our interest is to hold the IPL in India. Then, probably, South Africa is the preferred venue at the moment. The second option is also there and the third option is also there," Patel added.
It looks like the BCCI is spoilt for choice. Apart from South Africa, who will be more than happy to host the league for the second time, the board can also bank on the UAE, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal, a Congressman who recently earned himself a Rajya Sabha seat, will meet Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde and other officials. "We will take a decision on this within 10 days," he informed.
Later, Patel told this newspaper that even if the league were to be shifted to, say, South Africa, "the business end" of the tournament would be held in India.
"See, we will try our best not to take it out of India. But because of reasons ranging from logistics to the unavailability of security forces who will be on election duty, the BCCI may have to hold one leg of the league overseas. But the playoffs and final will be held in India," he said. It remains to be seen how the BCCI manages to pull this off. Patel also said the BCCI had kept the franchises in the loop.