ICC chief Morgan 'surprised' by IPL shifting out of India

Updated: 23 March 2009 17:29 IST

International Cricket Council President David Morgan felt it would be difficult for any country to stage the IPL at such short notice.

ICC chief Morgan 'surprised' by IPL shifting out of India
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International Cricket Council President David Morgan was taken by surprise at the BCCI's decision on Sunday to shift IPL out of India and felt it would be difficult for any country to stage the Twenty20 event at such short notice.

"That is quite surprising news, they have had real difficulties with the elections on in India," he said. "I honestly don't know (where it will be staged) but the rumours were that South Africa was a likely relocation destination but there has been nothing official.

"It's the beginning of the season in England and Wales and there is a lot of Twenty20 cricket being played including the ICC World Twenty20. I do think there will be great difficulties in relocating it," Morgan was quoted as saying on BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme.

The BCCI decided to stage the lucrative IPL, which proved to be hugely popular last year, on foreign soil after the Indian government told the organisers it may not be possible to provide adequate security during the event due to upcoming general elections.

Topics : Cricket
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