West Bengal okays IPL scheduleMarch 19th, 2009 - 12:27 am ICT by IANS
Kolkata, March 18 (IANS) The decks were cleared for holding the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in Kolkata with the West Bengal government Wednesday giving formal approval to the latest schedule drawn up by the authorities of the cash-rich league.
The schedule of matches submitted by the IPL bosses Tuesday provides for staging all the home matches of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) between April 11 and April 26 leaving a clear four-day gap before the firsat phase of the Lok Sabha election in the state April 30.
“We have gone through the latest list. I discussed the matter with chief secretary (Ashok Mohan Chakraborty) today (Wednesday). We don’t have any more objection, and we have informed Delhi accordingly,” state home secretary Ardhendu Sen told reporters.
As per the schedule, the Shah Rukh Khan-owned KKR will be playing their home matches at the Eden Gardens April 11, 15, 16, 18, 22, 24 and 26.
The state government had earlier objected to the schedule saying it could not organise the Lok Sabha elections and the IPL simultaneously.
West Bengal is set to have three-phase elections April 30, May 7 and May 13.
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