States feedback hold the key to IPL 2

The deadlock over Indian Premier League (IPL) dates for season two continues, as no decision is expected on Wednesday (March 18) from the Home Minister P Chidambaram over the revised schedule of the cash-rich tournament.

“The last I heard was yesterday morning they submitted a revised schedule. The revised schedule has been sent to all the state governments concerned. We’ve asked them to give their comments and views as early as possible,” Chidambaram said in New Delhi.

“Once all the state governments concern give their comments and views, especially with regard to security then we will take a view,” he added.

Desperate to get the cash-rich league on track, the IPL’s top brass held a series of meetings since Monday and submitted a reworked schedule to the Home Ministry on Tuesday. The new schedule has now taken into account the reservations and security constraints of the states hosting the matches.

“We are waiting for a reply from the Home Ministry. We are working with the ministry and will bring out the schedule as soon as it is ready,” a hopeful Lalit Modi said on Wednesday.

The schedule was revised for the third time after the Home Ministry had told the organisers that cosmetic changes in the fixture was not acceptable and they would have to finalise the dates in consultation with the state governments.

Sources in the Home Ministry revealed that most of the state governments have not responded to the Home Ministry over the new dates submitted by the IPL bosses.

On Tuesday (March 17), New Delhi, Jaipur and Visakhapatanam were dropped as venues in the latest revised schedule for the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which is still awaiting the green signal from the Union Home Ministry.

“Vizag is out as an IPL venue.” Modi said.

The revised schedule, which was submitted to the Home Ministry on Tuesday left out these three venues as the respective state governments could not guarantee security because of the general elections, IPL sources said.

With less than a month to go for the IPL to get underway, the Home Ministry’s rejection of the second proposed schedule submitted by the IPL organisers has put a question mark on the fate of the tournament beginning April 10.

However, the IPL is keen to hold the tournament between April 10 and May 24 as any postponement would mean that the event has to be shelved till this period next year in view of the crammed cricketing calendar.

A postponement would also entail heavy financial losses for the organisers as well as the eight franchisees many of whom have already gone ahead with their merchandising and ad campaigns.

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