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IPL - No More Indian Premier League - Goes to South Africa

Thursday 26 March 2009, 1:31AM
By Cric Corner
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IPL is no more `Indian Premier League`.It`s going to be `International Premier league` with IPL moving outside India.Yesterday(24th March 2009),IPL Commisioner Lalit Modi and CSA chief Gerard Majola held talks and it was decided that South Africa will host Season 2 of Indian Premier League.

This was really heart-breaking for an Indian cricket fan but on a whole current situation in India due to the elections and also the current situation in subcontinent has lead to this conclusion one feels for this thing happening.So Indian fan needs to understand this.Yes,Considering that `Cricket is a religion` in India,considering that Season 1 was a success, considering all the money,jobs,glitz and glamour associated with IPL,one cant help but think whether IPL will have the same impact outside India or not.But life needs to move on and we should be happy that IPL is atleast going on somewhere instead of getting cancelled.

So as said before South Africa will host IPL 2 but anyone who is wondering why England was not given the nod to host,it was simply because weather in UK was not favourable in April-May like in RSA where it is totally favourable.This was the main reason for it.Also it was decided that IPL will be started 1 week later this time than the initially scheduled date.
So fans are now just hoping that IPL 2 will be more success than its previous one.So we should just wait and watch how things pan out on April 18th.
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Lalit Modi:---At any given point of time, we have 10,000 people working on this tournament,South Africa will be benefitted a lot. We will be consuming 30,000 rooms in hotels and 10,000 airline tickets for the purpose of this tournament. Irrespective of the cost, we are happy to go forward in incurring the cost because cricket is very important for us, and all our club owners are with us.

"We have a lot of hard work before the first match starts on April 18, but with CSA's help we will deliver a world-class event. There will be a lot of people disappointed that the tournament will not take place in India, but being in South Africa it will allow fans to watch games live on TV screens in India.

"We would like to thank Cricket South Africa very much for the support they have given us over the past few days, which has helped us to come to this decision. The South African public loves T20 cricket and CSA successfully hosted the inaugural ICC World T20. Both these factors weighed heavily in South Africa's favour, and we look forward to a successful and exciting tournament being held at venues throughout South Africa."

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Gerard Majola:--"This is a great compliment to both CSA and our nation to be shown this confidence in our ability to hold one of the world's top sporting events at short notice.The organisers can be assured that they have the full support of CSA's structures and the South African public to stage a successful tournament."

 

-Pradeep P.Kakad

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