"Today, we discussed about foreign venues but we haven't decided yet as we need couple of days more to finalize the offshore venue," he said. The election commission Mar. 5 announced the dates of the 16th Lok Sabha polls, which will be held on nine days from April 7 to May 12 in the highest number of phases so far. The counting of votes in all the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies involving an 81.4 crore voters will be done on May 16. According to sources in the BCCI, the Twenty20 event -- the window of which has been kept from April 9 to June 3 -- will be shifted to India after the counting of votes.
"After May 16 IPL 7 matches will be held in India. But South Africa as an alternate venue has effectively been ruled out since South Africa wanted to host the entire tournament," a source said. Besides South Africa, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bangladesh were the other countries which are in fray to host part of IPL 7. (PTI)