Monday, March 23, 2009

Schedule: Indian Premier League 2009

After the various flip-flops that the IPL has been throuigh over the last few months, the governming council decided yesterday (March 22) that the cricket extravaganza might be held in England. Following this, mixed reactions surfaced, includive of a blame game between the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) and the government.

No word was out over the hosting of IPL 2 from the Home Minister P Chidambaram immediately. However, he is slated to reply on the developments over the second edition of the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament, in a press conference on Monday (March 23), scheduled at 11.30 am.

Sources in the ministry said that thet are likely to say that the BCCI broke the consultation process, which is what led to the turn of events.

The BCCI had accused the government for pushing them to take decision of shifting the IPL out of the country. President of the BCCI, Shashank Manohar, blamed the governments of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh for the IPL being moved out of India.

Because of the attitude of the government that they are not ready to spare security forces for the cricket tournament, we are forced to take the decision to move the event out of India," BCCI President Shashank Manohar had told a press conference. "I apologise to the people of India for moving the tournament out," Manohar added.
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