Saturday, March 21, 2009


Even as India celebrates a great win over New Zealand in the Hamilton Test on Saturday, cheers for the IPL seem to be fading.The fate of the Indian Premier League should be decided in the next 24 hours. An emergency meeting of the BCCI will be held on Sunday and sources say they will take a make or break decision.Top bosses of the BCCI met on Saturday to discuss the vexed issue, and sources have told CNN-IBN that it is up to Sharad Pawar's political clout to get the government to agree to the IPL's final dates.IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, ICC vice president Sharad Pawar, BCCI president Shashank Manohar and BCCI secretary N Srinivasan attended the meeting."An emergency meeting of the Working Committee will be held tomorrow and we will discuss the IPL issue," a top BCCI official said.After the working committee meeting, the IPL commissioner will meet the various franchise owners and apprise them of the situation.
There have been security concerns surrounding the IPL for the last three weeks. Top police officials have expressed reservations over providing security to the high-profile league, which is clashing with the general elections.
The Working Committee is the most powerful arm of the BCCI and comprises the entire set of BCCI office bearers, various vice-presidents, all permanent Test centres and other affiliated units selected on a rotation basis.The IPL calendar has been changed thrice to take into account the concerns over security. April 10-May 24 has been fixed as the window for the cash-rich tournament.During the day, Modi held discussions with former BCCI president Sharad Pawar and briefed him on the matter.Modi put up a brave face by reiterating that the IPL organisers have multiple schedules kept ready to deal with the various security apprehensions.
"Let's not speculate on what is happening. As I told you yesterday, we have 42 different schedules prepared for different types of situations. There is no issue in any way. We have a back-up for a back-up," Modi told reporters.One of the options left with the organisers is to truncate the tournament and have it in May when most of the election work would be over. However, Modi promised the second season of the IPL would not be truncated.

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