IPL will not be moved, no matter what: Modi

Updated: 23 February 2010 15:44 IST

Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi has insisted the tournament will not be moved, despite concerns raised by a report into security at the event.

IPL will not be moved, no matter what: Modi

New Delhi:

Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi has insisted the tournament will not be moved, despite concerns raised by a report into security at the event.

Australian players refused to commit to this year's IPL until a list of safety demands addressing "serious" security concerns had been met.

"We are going to have the tournament in India. I can't see any reason why we should move it at this point in time. Modi told BBC Sport.

"The media is reacting to every fringe group saying security is a problem."

Paul Marsh, head of the Australian Cricketers' Association, said players issued the demands, which follow a reported threat from an Al-Qaeda-linked militant, after a security consultant identified a number of shortcomings.

"From the outset it is important to reinforce that players want to play in this year's IPL," Marsh told reporters after a meeting with about 25 Australian players.

"However the independent report has identified some serious concerns with aspects of the current security process.

"Specifically these concerns relate to the reported direct threat against the event and the status and implementation of the IPL's security plan."

Marsh said players had agreed to take British security expert Reg Dickason's confidential findings back to their colleagues to prepare a list of demands, which would be relayed to the IPL by FICA, the international cricketers' union.

However, Modi insisted everything was being done to make the tournament secure, although he conceded: "Nobody in the world can safeguard the safety of the players in any tournament.

"All we have to do is ensure we are putting on the best security. Safety is paramount to us and we are working with the national and state governments to ensure we have good security in place."

"It is being discussed and upgraded on a daily basis with all the key stakeholders and we will continue to monitor that."



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