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'The speculations about IPL are untrue'
Harish Kotian in Mumbai | March 06, 2009 14:08 IST
Last Updated: March 06, 2009 16:26 IST
The upcoming general elections, coupled with the bleak security situation following the attack on Sri Lankan players in Pakistan, had led to various speculations as regards the second edition of the Indian Premier League [Images].
There were even talks that the IPL, which were scheduled during the same time as the elections, might as well be moved abroad to avoid security concerns.
However, IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi [Images], on Friday, refuted all the statements that are probably still making the rounds.
"IPL is on not moving abroad," said Modi. "These are just speculations which are completely untrue.
"We are in discussing the various issues involved and will come out with a new schedule by next week." Modi also expressed his gratitude to home minister P Chidambaram [Images].
"I am thankful to him for his clarifications," he said.
"The IPL dates won't be shifted but there won't be be any matches held held on days when counting of votes takes place." The commissioner also refuted claims that some state governments have expressed their inability to provide the required security cover.
"The new schedule will be worked out in consultation with the various teams and state governments," he said. "We have 14 cities available and of them, eight will be shortlisted.
"The number of days remain the same."