Mumbai:Maharashtra Government on Friday assured adequate security for the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches to be held in the state.
"All security measures will be taken for IPL matches to be played in Maharashtra. The inaugural match is to be held in Mumbai for which all security measures will be taken," Minister of State for Home (Urban) Naseem Khan said.
He said cricket and general elections, to he held in five phases from April 16, can go side-by-side.
Cricket is not only a sport but also a festival for the people in the country, while election is lifeline of democracy, Khan said.
Maharashtra Police is capable of providing adequate security arrangements for IPL matches, and we would get Central forces for the election duty, the Minister said.
Voting for the Lok Sabha polls in the state will take place on April 16, 23 and 30. Mumbai and Thane will go to the polls on April 30. IPL ties in the state are to be held in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.
Earlier in the day, IPL Chairman Lalit Modi said the cash-rich Twenty20 league will be held with modifications in the schedule.
Doubts were raised over the second edition of the tournament in the wake of the deadly terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore and the general elections which coincide with the league that starts on April 10.
Maharashtra Home Minister Jayant Patil said adequate security would be provided to the players during matches, except on election dates.