Elections will impact IPL, says Modi

February 2nd, 2009 - 9:52 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 2 (IANS) The country’s general elections, which are likely to be held sometime between April 8 and May 15, will take a toll on the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), top league official said.IPL commissioner Lalit Modi told reporters Monday that the dates for the tournament were announced before the general elections were set and it has put the league in a difficult situation.

“It is indeed a difficult situation but the opening (April 10) and the closing (May 24) dates will remain fixed,” Modi said.

Modi, who is also the vice-president of the Indian cricket board, said the organisers will prepare a tentative schedule and wait till the final election dates are announced.

“The problem will be when a polling or a counting date clashes with the date of the match in the respective city. This will have a big impact on us. So, we are making a tentative schedule and taking necessary steps to handle the issue,” he said.

He also said that some investor has shown interest in buying stakes in Bangalore Royal Challengers, but declined to name anyone.

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