England and South Africa have emerged as the most likely to step in as temporary hosts. With less than 20 days until the competition is set to start (and with Lalit Modi insisting the schedule will be kept), there’s not much time to make arrangements. Presumably England would be preferable for the ready-made Anglo-Indian fanbase, but the impending county season could cause logistical difficulties.
There will undoubtedly be further details emerging soon, but speculation is sure to be rife until fixtures are finalised. What impact this will have on the involvement of certain players from potential host countries, whether the pre-existing sponsorship deals will cause any issues, and what this means for the future of the IPL are just three questions already being raised.