Modi cites security concerns for taking out Delhi, Jaipur

Updated: 18 March 2009 13:28 IST

Delhi and Jaipur have been taken off the IPL's revamped schedule given to the Home Ministry by the Twenty20 League organisers because of security concerns.

Mumbai:

Delhi and Jaipur have been taken off the IPL's revamped schedule given to the Home Ministry by the Twenty20 League organisers because of security concerns in these two centres, according to IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi.

"There are security issues in these two states and that's the reason Delhi and Jaipur have been taken out of the IPL schedule," Modi told reporters here on Wednesday.

Modi explained that if these states desired to conduct IPL matches they needed to talk directly to the the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and get the clearance.

The IPL is battling hard to keep the money-spinning League's second season going in the wake of the recent terror attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Pakistan and its clash of dates with the general elections leading to security concerns in states where the matches are scheduled.

"We are working hard to finalise the IPL schedule," Modi said.

The IPL schedule, which came under scanner because of security issues raised by the states as it coincided with the polls, has been changed twice and is awaiting approval from the Home Ministry.

The IPL has fixed April 10-May 24 as the period for holding the second edition of the T20 League.

Topics : Cricket Dhawal Kulkarni
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