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IPL 2009 may transcend Indian shores

Posted by atreyee on March 22, 2009

In the wake of  Lok Sabha elections and the fear induced by Lahore attack on the Sri Lankan team, Indian Premier League 2009 might shuffle venues and be held in another continent altogether. Till date, Lalit Modi has sounded doubly reassured about his capacity to handle this mega event. Lok sabha elections have not deterred him and he has gone unequivocally public in stating that general elections won’t jeopardize IPL tournament security.


But then the Lahore attack on Lankan willow-holders brought realistic fears of terrorists yet again attacking a hitherto untouched arena; sports. Barring the Munich Olympics, sports has so far been away from terrorist casualties.


BCCI president Shashank Manohar has pleaded with the Government to reschedule Lok Sabha elections but to no avail. Thus, in the light of mounting security fears, he has decided along with his dignified board members to shift the cricket battle-ground outside India. No venue is finalized yet but by Monday evening, Chairman and commissioner of IPL, Mr. Lalit Modi is most likely to come up with the venue name; at the moment, South African board has given its go ahead for hosting the mega event.


Last night, it was confirmed that South African private security agency Nicollos and Steyn Associates would be donning the mantle of IPL II security men. The idea was rebuffed as experts felt that an outside agency could hardly measure up to realistic comprehension of threats within Indian borders. With the venue likely to shift to RSA, N&S Associates get a strong fillip.


Notable in this regard is the fact that IPL II dates remain as they were and the gigantic event will expectedly unroll on 10th April and culminate on the 24th of May.


India or RSA: Here is wishing that the only guns which blaze belong to the cricket stalwarts. We are anticipating the Sehwag’s, Peterson’s, Lee’s and Mendis’s with bated breath.




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