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Full IPL 2019 schedule likely to be announced today

The full schedule of the Indian Premier League is likely to be announced later today [Monday] as the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) meeting in Mumbai.The Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI] had earlier announced the schedule for only the first 17 games from March 23 to April 5. The 12th edition of the IPL is set to be underway from March 23 in Chennai between current champions Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The delay is because of the 2019 General Elections which is set to clash with the mega-rich tournament and the inability for many centres to provide adequate security. However, the Indian board decided to hold the tournament in the country unlike in 2009 and 2014, when the tournament was shifted to South Africa and UAE [first part] for the same reason.Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official in the know of developments had earlier said that the full schedule was expected to be released on March 18. 

The IPL COO and his team has been working overtime to ensure that despite this being the year of the general election, the league is played in India."It is expected that the remaining schedule for this season of the IPL would be finalised and announced on Monday when the CoA meets (at the Trident Hotel). 

"At this stage, we need to convince the BCCI that it is a good thing for cricket to be in the Olympics from all aspects," he had said.However, the BCCI officials present at the ICC chief executive meeting had made it clear that WADA must name a different testing agency as they don't trust NADA thanks to the recent mistakes the agency has made. 

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