IPL 2014 news February 21, 2014

Government says it can't provide IPL security during polls


The Indian home minister has informed the BCCI that the government cannot provide security to the IPL during the federal elections likely to be held in April and May. Two senior BCCI officials, secretary Sanjay Patel and vice-president Rajeev Shukla, met the Indian home minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, on Thursday to discuss security measures for the IPL.

"Due to the general elections it would not be possible to spare the kind of force which is required," a home ministry spokesperson told ESPNcricinfo. "They have to look for an alternate venue (during elections)."

Ranjib Biswal, the IPL chairman, said the BCCI had been told it could bring back the tournament to India once the elections were completed. Biswal said a final schedule for the IPL would be drawn up once the Indian Election Commission announced the dates of the polls.

The Election Commission has not indicated when it will declare the dates, but Patel said that the BCCI was willing to wait to make the final schedule. "We want to host as many matches as possible in India as it is a domestic tournament," Patel said. "So once the elections dates are announced we can finalise where and when to host the tournament."

That final decision is likely to be taken during the IPL Governing Council meeting and then ratified by BCCI working committee, both of which are scheduled on February 28 in Bhubaneswar. . At the last governing council meeting, held on the sidelines of the IPL players auction, it was decided that the tournament would be held in the window between April 9 and June 3. It was also announced then that South Africa would be the "preferred" venue after India.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Aashrith on February 27, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    I would like a change in venue. Why not WI? We cannot play in NZ since all Indian players have FAILED COMPLETELY there. They also do not know how to play anywhere but places with a DEAD pitch

  • Dummy4 on February 25, 2014, 0:49 GMT

    Why is SA always the only alternative venue being considered? Why not WI, especially Trinidad....I'm sure the BCCI and IPL can afford it....it's still the dry season here during that window...and as someone already mentioned, its Rugby season in SA...another point, we have quite a few WI players on the various IPL teams..

  • sai on February 22, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    The question to be asked is why did the BCCI not anticipate this earlier? They could have made space by cutting some international tours and scheduling the IPL in the winter. Now they are dependent on other nations. What is the point of the governing council if it cannot anticipate situations like this?

  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    I'm positive teams like a KingsXi will benefit a lot from this. more matches would be won with a high SA/AUS/ENG/WI contingent. Having Good indian players isnt going to make a difference sine they failed badly in SA, NZ

  • ESPN on February 22, 2014, 2:19 GMT

    one more issue you guys havent considered with considering SA as an alternative is that its Rugby Season down here.Their will be Super Rugby, The Rugby Championship, Varsity Cup and The Currie Cup all been played at the same time. I do not think the IPL will be able to pull in crowds outside of Durban with the Rugby Season in full swing. Security might be another issue. The South African Police Service provide security for Public and National events. Private Security Firms are used during domestic/franchise conpetitions(the bulk will be preoccupied with Rugby. Watch the crowds during this weeks Super Rugby games compared to The Aus/SA test match to get what I mean(Rugby tickets are 10xthe price of Cric Test Tickets)

  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2014, 0:45 GMT

    Leave IPL completely this year and ask probable Indian players for England series to play counties. That would benefit Indian cricket rather than playing in useless sub-continent conditions... whether it is in SA or in other parts of sub-continent....

  • Karthikeyan on February 21, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    PART 1 OF 2: In this pre-Southwesterly Monsoonal time of the year, our prayers are for a bountiful season of crops in India. We think of BPL (Below Poverty Line, which is Re 32 per day), more than we think of IPL ! My gut/instinctual feeling is that; we should try to do out-of-the-box (maybe not entirely counter-intuitive), & unconventional things, so that our efforts are met half-way, by the "Cosmic Entity." This year, it seems that we should follow the unblazed path of disbanding IPL, to achieve our goal. It would seem to be the correct decision by the Gov't. of India, to withdraw security for IPL this year, as it did in 2K9. (Hopefully, we do not end up with a drought again, as we did in that year.) The IPL serves no purpose for anybody, & should be torn down, as soon as possible, as the non-resident Indian (NRI) expatriate, who had been holding the rest of us hostage, with the threat of one more year of IPL (in election year 2K14), is now satisfied that his ransom is almost secured

  • sathish on February 21, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta Sorry the problem is India's tour games starts June 28 and they should reach England at-least a week before. So it has come down to 20th of June. IPL finishes by June 1st week then it allows for a rest of 10 days. Hope you got it. cheers.

  • Jay on February 21, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    Many comments here from people who know nothing about logistics or finance. It's easy to say "postpone the IPL". Do you folks even realize the repercussions of such a decision ? I know the BCCI and the IPL have a lot of money floating around but it would be fool hardy for even them to postpone such a big tournament due to the financial issues involved. There are many stake holders here - players, officials, media partners, travel agencies, players' agents, stadium staff, entertainers, volunteers etc. All these people form an integral part of the IPL no matter where the tournament is held. Just because it's IPL doesn't mean the tournament can't be held overseas. Don't you guys watch soccer where EPL teams play each other outside of England ? I know they are only friendly fixtures but the IPL is similarly trying to become a global brand. This is a good move to shift the tournament to SA where it will be well received.

  • Dummy4 on February 21, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    IPL could be a brand from India if they could keep it clean. Better to play away from home as it is better to be safe than sorry. India should not take a few things like the mumbai happenings for granted. If anything happens to an international player, the reputation of IPL And India is at stake. Also IPL in SA is a novelty. In fact IPL can be held in another country once in 5 years.

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