In a desperate bid to save the Indian Premier League`s second edition, its organisers have sent a revised schedule of the high-profile event to the Home Ministry, in a letter which also clearly proposes no change in the start and closing date of the event. The tournament has come under a cloud of uncertainty in the wake of the deadly terror attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore and the general elections in India which coincide with the league that starts on April 10.
After a series of meetings, the IPL organisers have re-drawn the schedule of the tournament taking care that no matches are held on polling days in the cities hosting the games.
“We have taken care to ensure that host cities are not alloted a match two days before and after the polling day. We have submitted the schedule to the home ministry. It is upto them now to advice us,” a top IPL source said. The Home Ministry has made it clear that providing security for the league during the time of general elections would be difficult, due to shortage of paramilitary forces and the time it is likely to take for deploying them for election duty.The security agencies are themselves unwilling to stretch for the league and have told the government to press for a postponement of the high-profile event.
The terror attack on the Sri Lankan team on Tuesday in Lahore has also compounded the problems for the IPL organisers, who now expect pullouts by many of the foreign players.
Federation of International Cricketers Association chief executive Tim May has already sought a wider role in assessing the security for players during the IPL.