New Delhi, Jaipur dropped as IPL 2009 venues

Delhi and Jaipur have been dropped as venues from the revised IPL list submitted to the home ministry on Tuesday. To make up for the loss of Delhi and Jaipur, IPL organizers added two new cities, Ahmedabad and Dharamsala, to the list.

The Union home ministry, accordingly, forwarded the schedule to Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, asking the state government whether they would be able to provide security on these two venues for the specified dates.

The latest schedule doesn’t interfere with the inaugural (April 10) and closing (May 24) dates, making sure that the league takes off as per the earlier plan.

The ministry will take its final call in a day or two after getting responses from all states concerned. “States have been asked to give their response in writing so that they cannot deviate from what they have been stating to the Centre during consultations at different levels,” said a senior home ministry official.

“If these states agree, the Centre will not have any problem with giving its nod to the tournament. States are expected to respond by Wednesday. If they don’t, we send them a reminder,” he added.

Meanwhile, confirming that the state had agreed to host IPL matches as per the new schedule, Punjab director general of police K K Attari denied there were any riders attached to the consent. There were reports that Punjab had agreed to the schedule on condition that its state police is not deployed on poll duty.

Attari told TOI: “These are matters of discussion but the fact is we have agreed to providing security at IPL matches.” Punjab had earlier asked for 10 more companies of paramilitary forces for security in the matches.

In Himachal Pradesh, IG, security, S R Mardi said, “We will provide adequate security during IPL matches at Dharamsala).”

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