New Delhi: The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) could move out of the country if the dates clash with the general elections in 2019.

IPL 2019 could be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) or South Africa, the tournament’s chairman Rajeev Shukla said.

"If the dates of the general elections clash with those of the Indian Premier League, then the tournament will be held outside the country. But as of now, we are waiting for the dates to decide on how to go ahead with the scheduling,” Shukla told Hindustan Times on Tuesday.

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“The experience of hosting the IPL in the UAE was brilliant and that option is definitely there. But another option could be South Africa. Like I said before, the call will be taken keeping in mind the general elections and its dates", he added when asked about possible venues.

Earlier too, IPL had to be played in South Africa and UAE due to general elections. In 2009, South Africa hosted the second edition while the first half of the Twenty20 tournament was played in UAE in 2014.