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All set for a successful IPL, says Modi

cricket Updated: Mar 09, 2010 22:16 IST

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The continuing by TV news channels boycott notwithstanding, Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi expects a successful third edition of the cash-rich Twenty20 event starting March 12.

"The preparations are in full swing and there are no hiccups. We all are ready to go. We have planned a very good opening night as well as opening ceremony with a spectacular laser and fireworks show," Modi said at a media conference to announce IPL's latest tie-up with Karbonn Mobiles today.

Modi said the boycott by the TV news channels is continuing though they had accepted a new set of proposals two nights ago.

"Nantional Broadcasters' Association's is a strange case. The IPL Governing Council and their representatives had a meeting two nights ago and we had agreed to allow certain amount of flexibility in their programming and amount of video footage that can be shown," the IPL chief said.

But Modi explained that there was a change of heart on the broadcasters' end within 24 hours and last night a few of them came to ask for more concessions which, he said, cannot be granted.

"They agreed then but last night came back to say they needed more concessions which the Governing Council cannot agree. The boycott continues though I would like them to cover the event but not on the new terms," he said.