Saturday, March 7, 2009

Cricket in India is Completely Safe, Says Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram

Palaniappan Chidambaram, the home minister of Indian government, has said that cricket in India is completely safe, while talking to media about various issues including upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) and the security condition of India. Security has been a key concern for the visiting teams in the sub-continent. After last November’s Mumbai terror attack and the recent attack on cricket players in Lahore, security concern has now been more important and it seems that security has become a threat for cricket in the region.

The second edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) kicks off from 10 April in India and the matches of IPL will take place in eight cities across India and some of the IPL matches even clash with India’s general election too. Thinking that providing enough security for IPL and election at the same time would be very difficult, home minister Chidambaram requested IPL officials to postpone the tournament. In reply, IPL chairman Lalit Modi ensured that there would not be any IPL match clashing with election date, but he refused to postpone the multi-million dollar tournament due to contractual restriction of foreign players with their respective cricket boards and TV broadcast issue. Modi even hinted that there would not be any need of paramilitary forces for IPL matches, stating that if needed, IPL would hire private security forces.

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