Decision on IPL host by Tuesday night: Modi

Updated: 24 March 2009 14:24 IST

IPL Chairman Lalit Modi said a decision whether England or South Africa will host the second edition of the IPL will be taken by Tuesday night.

Mumbai:

A decision whether England or South Africa will host the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 competition will be taken by Tuesday night, IPL Chairman Lalit Modi said on Monday.

"We need to take a decision by tomorrow, one way or the other and we will have a decision by tomorrow night," Modi told NDTV at the Mumbai International Airport shortly before leaving for Johannesburg.

Modi said he has already spoken to Cricket South Africa CEO, Gerald Majola and will hold detailed talks with him in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning.

Asked to compare between the suitability of England and South Africa as venue of the competition, he said the only issue the IPL is looking at is the weather condition and the calender of cricketing events in the two countries.

Modi said both England and South Africa have large Indian populations and South Africa is going to be free after the tour by Australia to that country gets over by mid-April. He said both the countries have "lots of pluses and we are going to examine them in detail."

Replying to a question, the IPL Chairman said "South Africa as well as England will be happy to host the tournament as it's a large business for them and it is a very very prestigious event."

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