Home Ministry asks IPL organizers to re-chart schedule

March 13th, 2009 - 8:22 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Mar. 13 (ANI): The Home Ministry has advised IPL organizers that it may not be possible to hold the cash-rich Twenty20 series as per BCCIs revised schedule. Due to the concerns of the various State Governments, the ministry has advised the IPL organizers to further revise the schedule and submit it for approval the ministry. The IPL organizers are meeting this evening on the matter. Karnataka has expressed its inability to provide security for two Bangalore matches, but has agreed to accommodate the rest of the matches. For Chennai, Tamil Nadu has agreed to provide the required security as all the matches are scheduled to be held after the elections. Andhra Pradesh has expressed its inability to provide security for the Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam matches as they fall during the election period. Delhi said it cannot provide security and has asked for the matches to be rescheduled after May 7. Punjab and West Bengal have agreed to provide security for the matches at Mohali and Kolkata if they are not required to release state police personnel for election duty. For Mumbai and Nagpur, Maharashtra has made it clear that it would be able to provide security only if additional companies of central paramilitary forces are provided to them on all matches, which fall around the Lok Sabha elections. Rajasthan has taken the same line for Jaipur. Earlier, the home ministry held a 90-minute video conference with senior officials of the states where IPL matches are scheduled to be played in April. The states are understood to have again told the home ministry that it was not possible to hold the Twenty20 matches without additional security personnel from the central grid. Concerned over the availability of paramilitary forces in view of the forthcoming elections, the Home Ministry had sent a revised schedule to the states concerned on March seven, avoiding the polling dates. (ANI)

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