BCCI sends a revised IPL schedule to Home Ministry

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New Delhi, Mar 5 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sent a revised schedule for the second session of Indian Premier League (IPL) to the Union Home Ministry on Thursday.

According to sources, the new schedule starts from April 10 and ends on May 24.

"We have taken care to ensure that host cities are not allotted a match two days before and after the polling day. We have submitted the schedule to the Home Ministry. It is up to them now to advice us," a top IPL source said.

The organisers are not in favour of postponing the tournament as it may lead to massive financial losses for franchise owners and tournament organisers.

Earlier, the Home Ministry had urged the IPL to alter the dates as they were clashing with the election schedule.

Security for players during the tournament has assumed significance after Tuesday's terror attacks on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore.

The Ministry had earlier requested the Directors General of Police of all host states to provide additional security because private security could not complete the requirement.

Police also maintained that they can provide extra cover to the players, provided the tournament dates are extended.

The second edition of 20-over cricket matches will take place in Jaipur, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Delhi and two other venues, which are yet to be decided.

Both West Bengal Police and Delhi police are in support of the extension of match dates.

On the other hand, polls in Delhi are scheduled on May 7 and the IPL matches are on May 5, 11, 14 and 16.

Maharashtra votes on April 16, 23 and 30 while the IPL matches will be played on April 12, 17, 19, 24, 28 and May 2.

Voting in Karnataka is on April 23 and 30 while IPL matches are on April 14, 19, 23 and May 3.

More than 21 lakh security personnel will be pressed into service during the upcoming General Elections. (ANI)

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