Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Notwithstanding opposition from security agencies, Government was likely to give in and allow holding of Twenty20 IPL cricket championship beginning next month.Sources in the government said that IPL's suggestion of re-scheduling the cricket matches keeping in view the schedule of general elections was being seriously thought among the political circles of the power corridors.The sources said IPL had cited heavy losses on account of sponsorships and its inability to hold the tournament in near future because of commitments of players of various teams across the globe.Earlier security agencies had expressed unwillingness to stretch themselves for the Indian Premier League, which coincided with parliamentary elections and had pressed for a postponement of the high-profile Twenty20 event.Central security agencies opposed IPL's request of going ahead with a changed schedule which would mean no matches at the time of polling in the cities where the franchises are based."We have sounded them (IPL) and are waiting for their response," Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta told reporters when asked whether the IPL tournament was being given a go ahead by the Ministry.

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