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Centre tells IPL to consult states; new schedule tomorrow

india Updated: Mar 16, 2009 21:38 IST
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Racing against time, the Indian Premier League is likely to submit a revised schedule on Tuesday after Home Ministry on Monday told the organisers that cosmetic changes in the fixture was not acceptable.

With less than a month to go for the cash-rich Twenty20 event to get underway, the Home Ministry's rejection of the second proposed schedule submitted by the IPL organisers has put a question mark on the fate of the tournament beginning on April 10.

The IPL's attempts to break the deadlock over its schedule suffered a blow after the Ministry rejected the cosmetic changes in the fixture and bluntly told the organisers to consult the state governments while finalising the dates.

The IPL may come up with its revised schedule tomorrow after which the Home Ministry would begin its exercise of consulting the states, official sources said.

Earlier, a meeting between top Home Ministry and BCCI officials to resolve the imbroglio related to the dates ended without resolution with the Centre making it clear that it was not in a position to spare para-military forces because of the Lok Sabha elections.

A three-member BCCI team, led by Secretary N Srinivasan, met Special Secretary (Internal Security) Raman Srivastava in the Home Ministry where they were told not to indulge in cosmetic changes and rather hold consultations with state governments where they would like to hold the Twenty20 matches.

"The Home Ministry have expressed their concerns, they have explained it to us in details. We've also explained our difficulties and concerns and the importance of all the stakeholders," Srinivasan told reporters.

The IPL organisers had suggested changing the venue at Visakhapatnam to Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh as Andhra Pradesh Government had categorically refused to provide security there for four matches between April 19 to 29, the sources said.