rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » Cricket » BCCI in talks with other Boards for alternative IPL venue: Biswal

BCCI in talks with other Boards for alternative IPL venue: Biswal

Last updated on: February 21, 2014 20:27 IST

Ranjib BiswalWith the government making it clear that it will not be able to provide adequate security for IPL 7, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has started discussing with other cricket boards possible venues for the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament, the league’s chairman, Ranjib Biswal, said on Friday.

"The [central] government had expressed its inability to provide adequate security for IPL 7 in view of the upcoming general elections. So we have started talking to different countries to hold the tournament," he said.

- How the teams measure up after the IPL 7 auction

Asked if South Africa is a likely venue, he replied: "South Africa is a favoured venue to host the matches, but we will have to decide."

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the government would not be able to provide adequate security for the tournament, likely to be held between April 9 and June 3, as its dates clash with the general elections.

- Team line-ups for IPL 2014

Biswal said all government clearances will have to be obtained before the tournament can be moved to another country.

"There is not going to be any IPL without government clearance. We will get all the clearances before the tournament," he added.

Asked about the IPL spot-fixing case that is pending in the Supreme Court, Biswal replied: "The Supreme Court had given the green signal for the players' auction, so we went ahead for IPL 7. The apex court will take a call on the [spot-fixing] case.

"But I can tell you, IPL 7 will be grander, cleaner and controversy-free."

Image: Ranjib Bisawl