IPL possible only after elections: Sources

Updated: 05 March 2009 16:13 IST

Home Ministry sources told NDTV that as of now the only possible window is towards the end of the election schedule.

New Delhi:

Just when it seemed that the IPL had got a lifeline and a fighting chance at being held in time, there's a new obstacle. Home Ministry sources told NDTV that as of now the only possible window is towards the end of the election schedule. Sources say the Home Ministry will base its final decision on "an overall security assessment".

On this, some states have indicated that they do not have enough security for the high-profile event while few have asked the Centre for troops.

The Centre on Thursday forwarded a BCCI letter claiming that state security was enough to the top police officials on the states if they could provide security.

The IPL stake holders and even the BCCI have argued that they don't need permission from the centre and are willing to reschedule some match dates.

Meanwhile, Home Secretary refused to reveal the new dates.

"No I cannot tell u the revised dates as I don't have them with me. But we have problems with the 8th and the 10th," Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen said.

Some states like Punjab say they can provide security to IPL matches but only if they don't give their personnel to the Centre for election duty.

While, West Bengal has firmly said that even if the matches are re-scheduled, they aren't acceptable to them. So the large shadow over cricket in the region has set up a roadblock for the IPL.

Topics : Cricket
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