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Five states ok for IPL
New Delhi, Mar 18 (Agencies):
Published on 19 Mar. 2009 12:14 AM IST
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Most of the states scheduled to host IPL matches have agreed to the new schedule, according to reports. Their nod though has come having been satisfied with the new schedule. The new schedule has been made in such a manner that no match on a venue is within 72 hours of polls happening there. Reports say that Kolkata, Mohali, Bangalore and Chennai have sent their positive feedback, while Nagpur, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad are yet to confirm. These states are also likely to give a go-ahead soon. Dharamshala has already given its nod for this year’s edition. Earlier on Wednesday Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram had said that a decision on IPL’s fate will be taken after getting feedback from state governments slated to host IPL games this season. “The last I heard was yesterday morning they submitted a revised schedule. The revised schedule has been sent to all the state governments concerned. We’ve asked them to give their comments and views as early as possible,” P Chidambaram said. Meanwhile IPL chairman Lalit Modi said that Delhi and Jaipur have been taken off the IPL’s revamped schedule because of security concerns in these two centres. “There are security issues in these two states and that’s the reason Delhi and Jaipur have been taken out of the IPL schedule”, Modi told reporters. Desperate to get the cash-rich league on track, the IPL’s top brass held a series of meetings since Monday and submitted a reworked schedule to the Home Ministry on Tuesday. The schedule was revised for the third time after the Home Ministry had told the organisers that cosmetic changes in the fixture were not acceptable and they would have to finalise the dates in consultation with the state governments. Dropped Delhi may host IPL matches New Delhi, MAR 18 (PTI): Contrary to reports, Delhi has not been entirely dropped as a venue for the Indian Premier League and the city might host a few games of the Twenty20 event’s second edition, DDCA president Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday. “Some matches could still be worked out as per the new schedule sent to the Home Ministry. We are in constant touch with Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit and Police authorities,” Jaitley told reporters here. Sources said while Dikshit has given her nod to the hosting of the matches, the police have apparently declined to give the green signal citing lack of security forces due to the upcoming general elections. Sources said the police authorities have suggested feasible dates only after the counting of votes.

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