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shabbir
March 3, 2009, 11:51 AM
Concerns have emerged over the security measures that will be in place for the IPL next month after India's home minister P Chidambaram said that he would ask the organisers to postpone the tournament so that it does not clash with the country's general elections. IPL officials, however, have ruled out a postponement and instead talked of rescheduling games within the current window.

Chidambaram told NDTV the government would provide security for the IPL but the country's paramilitary forces would be stretched to cover both the elections and the Twenty20 tournament. The IPL is scheduled to be held in nine Indian venues from April 10-May 24 amidst elections across the country.

Chidambaram added that Home Ministry officials would soon meet with IPL organisers to look at postponing the league.

"It will be difficult to provide paramilitary forces for 40 matches and the elections too," Chidambaram told the channel. "I don't want my forces to be strained. [Hosting the IPL after the elections] would be a better proposition."

Lalit Modi, the IPL commissioner, said there was no question of the tournament being put off. "There is no chance of postponing the IPL," he said. "We have taken into account government sensibilities but I am sure even the Home Minister wouldn't want the whole country to come to a standstill during the elections. We may revise the schedule of matches within the April-May window to ensure there is no clash with the election days."

Modi said there will be no IPL matches 24-48 hours before the polling date. He said that security for the IPL will be centrally monitored from this year by Nicholls Steyn, the ICC's consultants who have managed security for a series of ICC events. Sundar Raman, the IPL chief executive, said the elections would be an advantage as they would ensure heightened security awareness across various venues.

The eight IPL franchises have almost all the top international cricketers and the entire Indian team in their ranks. The league's first season witnessed a series of blasts in Jaipur last, though the tournament continued. However, in November, the attacks in Mumbai forced the BCCI-backed Champions Twenty20 League to be postponed. England abandoned their one-day series after the attacks but returned to play a two-Test series in Chennai and Mohali.

It may be rather difficult to shift the dates of the tournament, with the organisers already pitted against a packed international calendar. Advancing the tournament is not an option, with India touring New Zealand and Australia touring South Africa till early next month. May is a relatively quiet month, with West Indies touring England and Australia playing five ODIs against Pakistan in UAE. However, the following month is ruled out, with all nations busy with the World Twenty20 in England.

© Cricinfo

bharat
March 3, 2009, 02:15 PM
Welcome to the new world order ..The Sub Continent will never be able to host a Multi-country tournament.

As I see this is whats going to happen ....

1.India will continue to host Bi-lateral tours in India (including Aus,Eng ,NZ etc )
2.IPL and Champions League will be shifted to England or UAE.BCCI will continue to make money without having to worry about the security
3.No Games whatsoever in Pakistan
4.Aus,Eng,NZ will make this as an excuse not to tour Bangladesh
5.BD will be able to host India,Pak,SL and maybe SA ,WI
6.SL will continue to tour BD and vice versa
7.SL will not be able to host Aus,Eng and NZ but will be able to host India,Pak and BD

We are all in it and we will go down together ..does not matter who is to be blamed.We are all doomed.

P.S - Same thing goes for our economies as well..one more century of starvation deaths.

RazabQ
March 3, 2009, 08:08 PM
Pessimistic today aren't we. Bharat, don't worry, righteous path shall prevail ...

punjabsher
March 3, 2009, 08:49 PM
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bujhee kom
March 4, 2009, 03:21 AM
bharat bhai, i hear you, hope and pray that everything will be okay for the good people of bangladesh, srilanka, pakistan and india! we will have to go through some tough time though!

BANFAN
March 4, 2009, 06:51 AM
It will not be shifted I guess.

Politicians are scared that the people's attention might be diverted from election to IPL, that probably is the only issue. Paramilitary over-stretching seems to be a very ight reason.

Ajfar
March 5, 2009, 02:43 PM
they want it postponed thats fine with me..but it better not come at the cost of changing the FTP around...