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Indian Premier League IPL moves to South Africa

Tue, Mar 24, 2009

Sports

Wow, this year is becoming a brilliant sporting one for South Africans. The British and Irish Lions are coming to South Africa, the Confederations Cup and now the IPL. Awesome!

Here’s the information from News24:

New Delhi – An Indian television station reports that the Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament will be played in South Africa from April 17.

England and South Africa were the two candidates to host the lucrative event. The tournament is being moved for security reasons because it clashes with general elections in India.

New Delhi Television says IPL organisers have agreed to play the tournament in South Africa but pushed back the starting date by a week.

IPL chairperson Lalit Modi met with Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola on Tuesday in Johannesburg. A news conference is scheduled to be held late on Tuesday.

The IPL is an eight-team competition attracting top international players. With six venues, the IPL’s competition is expected to see at least two teams sharing two of the venues. The IPL’s second season was originally scheduled to start April 10 and continue through May 24, but it clashed with the elections, causing concern that the security forces would be too stretched to properly cover both.

Elections for the Indian Parliament’s lower house will take place across the country in five different phases between April 16 and May 13.

The government wanted IPL organisers to delay the tournament, but that would have been impractical for international cricket, with the Twenty20 World Cup scheduled for June.

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