England confident of hosting IPL - all matches on major grounds

March 23rd, 2009 - 5:23 pm ICT by IANS  

London, March 23 (IANS) Indian Premier League (IPL) boss Lalit Modi was expected here Monday amid reports that the English cricket board was ready to stage IPL matches without any disruption to its domestic schedule.
“The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is confident that it can play all 59 matches of the IPL - scheduled to run from 10 April to May 24 - on major grounds without altering any fixtures that are already in place,” The Guardian reported.

“The number of IPL matches will not be reduced. However, no franchise would have a homebase,” the newspaper added.

Despite questions over security, television rights and the logistics of moving an entire championship, ECB Chief Executive David Collier sounded optimistic.

“We have had discussions in the last 36 hours. We shall be meeting the representatives of the Indian Premier League and the BCCI and shall be reporting back to the board at the back-end of the week,” he said.

“An early decision has to be made as the tournament would be starting on April 10. We have already had discussions with Sky (television network) about our broadcasting contract with them and will be continuing those,” Collier added.

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