The Indian Premier League (IPL) will start a month earlier in 2010, according to its chairman Lalit Modi.
The Twenty20 matches will be played during March and April next year.
“I’m happy to announce the IPL is moving forward next year – we’ll announce the exact dates and schedule over the next few days,” said Modi.
The 2009 event, which begins on Saturday and ends on 24 May, will feature top England players, including Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen.
Organisers were forced to switch this year’s tournament from India to South Africa because of security concerns.
It is likely that the 2010 IPL will be held almost immediately after India’s tour to South Africa in February.
And the earlier start means that the event will not clash with the World Twenty20, which is set to be held during April and May.