By Amlan Chakraborty
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - This year's Indian Premier League (IPL) was spared a logistical minefield when India's cricket board announced on Tuesday that the entire Twenty20 tournament will be held in the country from March 23.
The 2009 IPL was held in South Africa while part of the 2014 tournament was staged in the United Arab Emirates, both because of elections, and a similar prospect loomed large over this year's competition.
"Based on preliminary discussions with the appropriate central and state agencies/authorities, it was decided that the 12th edition of the world's most popular and competitive T20 tournament will be ... played in India," the BCCI said in a statement.
"The detailed schedule will be finalised in consultation with the appropriate authorities."
They are serving year-long bans for their part in the Cape Town incident in March and were barred from the 2018 IPL.
The eight-team league with owners including India's richest man Mukesh Ambani and Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta has attracted top players from leading cricketing nations.
(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New DELHI; editing by Ed Osmond)