All hands are on deck to bring the Capital back on the IPL map and get a share of the lucrative pie.
On Wednesday, representatives of the Delhi Daredevils met chief minister Sheila Dikshit to try and chalk out a plan by which the Ferozeshah Kotla can host a few matches between the last date of polling (May 7) and counting day (May 16).
“We understand the police have reservations about the ability to provide security to matches during and even before the polls,” a Delhi Daredevil representative told Hindustan Times. “So we’re effectively looking at the window between May 7 and May 16. We’ve also told the chief minister that the Delhi franchisee will supplement the number of policemen with men from private security agencies to ease the load.”
According to sources, the Daredevils are looking at hosting four matches. As of now, the matches are supposed to be played in Ahmedabad.
Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) president Arun Jaitley also met Dikshit, as well as Delhi Police commissioner Y.S. Dhadwal and Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna to bring some games back to the city. “No Delhi in the IPL will take a lot away from the tournament,” Jaitley said. “I’ve spoken to all the concerned authorities and all of them were co-operative.”
The people of the city want to watch the IPL, and the DDCA is trying its best to give them that.”
Asked whether he had spoken to IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, Jaitley said, “He has assured me he'll try and include Delhi in the fold as soon as the cops give the clearance.”
Another apparent reason for Delhi to push for clearance for some matches is the huge revenue they are likely to generate.
The Delhi government has projected a Rs 1,300-crore shortfall in revenue collection because of the economic slump and hopes to lower that number significantly by holding some IPL matches.
Dikshit will meet home minister P. Chidambaram later this week to ask for some matches to be held in the Capital.