Move IPL-7 out of India, says Sushilkumar Shinde

IPL Chairman Ranjib Biswal that meetings would be held with the IPL Governing Council and BCCI to decide on an alternative venue.

South Africa played host to the IPL in 2009. (Getty Images)

With the dates of the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the general elections set to clash, it was widely anticipated that the Twenty20 league would have to be moved out of India, and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has indicated this will be the case. South Africa is now the favourite to host at least a part of the cash-rich tournament.

Shinde told IBN-7 that this year’s IPL would have to be moved out of India. “IPL will not be held in India this year. Due to the elections, it will be difficult to provide adequate security for the IPL matches,” he said.

Shinde, who met top BCCI representatives - BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla and IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal - on Thursday during the Parliament session, said it would be "tough to provide adequate security for IPL matches" during the general elections.

Reacting to the development, Biswal told IBN-7 that meetings would be held with the IPL Governing Council [GC] and BCCI to decide on an alternative venue.

The Home Ministry is reported to have informed the BCCI that IPL-7 could be staged in the country only after May 11, NDTVSports.com reported, adding that the first month of the cash-rich tournament will most likely be played in South Africa.

ALSO SEE - 2014 IPL auction: Most Expensive Uncapped Players

Karn Sharma [Rs 3.75 crore] - His base price was Rs 30 lakh, but after a bidding war that was started by Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils before turning into a two-way battle between Kings XI ... more 
Karn Sharma [Rs 3.75 crore] - His base price was Rs 30 lakh, but after a bidding war that was started by Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils before turning into a two-way battle between Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad. In the end, Karn went to Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Karn’s final price was more than established internationals like Darren Sammy, Virender Sehwag, George Bailey, Brendon McCullum and Pragyan Ojha. less 
1 / 10
Yahoo Cricket | Photo by BCCI
Sat 13 Apr, 2013 8:30 PM IST


Top BCCI and IPL officials have hinted at South Africa being the stand-by venue for a major part of this year’s IPL. There has also been the suggestion that Sri Lanka, Bangladesh or the UAE may also host some matches.

"We are in constant touch with franchises; we have taken them into confidence in the last two days and we held a series of meetings with them. We have made our stand clear. They appreciated our concerns and they have given us cooperation on this matter," Biswal had said last week.

A Mail Today report earlier this week said that team owners were against moving the first half of the IPL to the Gulf and instead preferred South Africa as the alternative venue for this year’s edition.

“Playing in India is our first choice. But if security is an issue, we need to move out for the first half and that is when we jointly decided on South Africa. We felt moving to the Middle East was not the right option at this point of time. It is not that we have anything against the venue, but going by history, the IPL definitely doesn’t need any more controversy,” an official of one of the IPL teams had told Mail Today.

“We are all working towards refurbishing the image of the IPL and feel this decision serves our interest best. Also, the fact that we have had a successful hosting of the IPL in South Africa in 2009 makes matters easier from a logistics point of view,” the official said.

An official with another team said that hosting the tournament in two parts — first half in South Africa and the business end in India — wouldn’t be an issue.

ALSO SEE - Top Picks at the IPL-7 Auction

2014 IPL Auction
1 / 30
Getty Images | Photo by Getty Images
Wed 12 Feb, 2014 9:30 AM IST


The BCCI is expected to invite quotations from Cricket South Africa and the cricket board in the UAE, a Mumbai Mirror report said, adding the Indian board will also seek presentations from the two boards on how they wish to stage the tournament. A final decision will then be taken after the IPL Governing Council meeting in Bhubaneswar on February 28.

The GC meeting will be immediately followed by the all-powerful working committee meeting which is expected to ratify the GC's decision.

"We will ask the UAE board and CSA to tell us their plans for the IPL. We will take a final call on February 28," Sanjay Patel, the secretary of the BCCI, told Mumbai Mirror.

The BCCI has kept a window from April 9 to June 3 for IPL-7.

"We've been told that forces will have to be moved to different parts of the country and it will not be possible for the government to help us in this matter. The central and state security forces will be spared after and before the elections," Patel said.

The IPL had been shifted to South Africa in 2009 because of security concerns posed by general elections that year.

ALSO READ:

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Kallis, Narine star in Knight Riders’ crushing win

Kallis, Narine star in Knight Riders’ crushing win

An all-round display saw Knight Riders thump Mumbai Indians by 41 runs in the IPL-7 opener. More »

Pietersen to miss Delhi's first game

Pietersen to miss Delhi's first game

The former England batsman will have to lead the franchise as he is out of the match against Bangalore with a finger injury. More »

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

The court emphasised that the tainted administrator can no longer work for the BCCI. More »

'If you do the wrong thing it will be found out'

'If you do the wrong thing it will be found out'

'Everyone knows what is right and what is wrong and if you do the wrong thing it will be found out' More »

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Welcome to another season of a league that many watch but few trust. More »

Mitchell Johnson may quit T20s for Test cricket

Mitchell Johnson may quit T20s for Test cricket

Australia's Mitchell Johnson may quit limited-overs cricket to prolong his test career with an eye on the 2015 Ashes series in England, the fast bowler… More »

There's a lot going on: Fleming

There's a lot going on: Fleming

He experienced anxious moments in the lead-up to the tournament as the courts decided on whether to suspend the franchise, he said, but stressed that the… More »

Latif couldn’t work with tainted players

Latif couldn’t work with tainted players

Former Pakistan cricket captain Rashid Latif said Tuesday he turned down the job of national chief selector because he could not work with ex-players tainted… More »

We are not over-confident: Bailey

We are not over-confident: Bailey

Indian Premier League — George Bailey-led Kings XI Punjab will face Chennai Super Kings on Friday. More »

Taxing issue — BCCI hits roadblock

Taxing issue — BCCI hits roadblock

MoU between BCCI & its units to avoid double taxation delayed after a few decline to share details. More »

Big runs expected, with bat and ball

Big runs expected, with bat and ball

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Their main concern, once again, is the fast bowling More »

Black Caps pick rookie duo for West Indies

Black Caps pick rookie duo for West Indies

New Zealand selectors included two new caps in a 15-man Test squad named Tuesday to tour the West Indies, with injury-hit spinner Dan Vettori's future… More »

The stage is set for IPL-7 to start

The stage is set for IPL-7 to start

The Preview — Defending champions Mumbai Indians take on Kolkata Knight Riders More »

Srinivasan appeals to court to allow BCCI comeback

Srinivasan appeals to court to allow BCCI comeback

He was aggrieved by the allegations against him during the hearing. More »

Klinger on his exit from South Australia

Klinger on his exit from South Australia

Michael Klinger has revealed he felt compelled to leave South Australia after being told he would be only a fringe part of the Redbacks' plans for next season, and disputed the suggestion that he left… More »

India: cricket's Brazil

India: cricket's Brazil

They are tough to beat with a big talent base exposed to good facilities. (CYCSPL) More »

Delhi Daredevils say no to gifts

Delhi Daredevils say no to gifts

Franchises are doing their bit to refurbish the image of the tainted league. More »

India-Pakistan Test series likely in 2015

India-Pakistan Test series likely in 2015

The revival of Indo-Pak Test ties could take place in UAE. More »

Kohli hopes to end RCB trophy drought

Kohli hopes to end RCB trophy drought

'This time around we will hope to go few more steps ahead and actually get that trophy' More »

Gavaskar can help IPL regain glory

Gavaskar can help IPL regain glory

Apart from the foreign players a lot of behind-the-scene activity has taken place in selecting the Indian domestic players. More »

Tendulkar, Ganguly to promote soccer

Tendulkar, Ganguly to promote soccer

Leading Spanish club Atletico Madrid and former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly are among the owners of eight franchises of a new Indian… More »

This isn’t my first trip to India: Neesham

This isn’t my first trip to India: Neesham

Kiwi all-rounder wants to utilise the India leg to explore the country’s tourist attractions. More »

Ishant wanted to quit ODIs

Ishant wanted to quit ODIs

Says his mother made him change his mind. More »