IPL’s chances looking bleaker

The prospects of the Indian Premier League being held this year appear increasingly bleak, with sources saying that six of the eight host states have expressed their inability to guarantee security during the matches. This being the case, the remaining two states are also likely to back out.

A day after the Union home ministry sought alternative dates for IPL matches, the BCCI on Thursday sent back a revised schedule – without changing the dates of the first (April 10) and final matches (May 24). The revised schedule, with dates of five games changed, has ensured that host cities are not allotted matches two days before and after polling days.

However, the home ministry said it would decide only after the states responded on whether they would be able to hold the matches without central forces.

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