New Delhi: It’s like the agonising wait for the third umpire's decision. The IPL's second season dates are still waiting to be declared out or not out by the Home Ministry.
A second round of dates has now been demanded by the Home Ministry, which says it cannot spare forces to secure the venues.
Hyderabad, Vizag, Delhi say they cannot provide security during elections. Bangalore okays four matches, but says no to two match dates.
Mohali, Kolkata say they can give security provided state police are not required for election duty.
This googly comes after Lalit Modi had said he had got the go ahead from the Home Ministry.
“We have got a go ahead from the Home Ministry,” says Lalit Modi.
IPL has become a political as much as a security issue, going by what the Home Minister P Chidambaram stated, “IPL matches will be held in India,” he said.
Security or no security, the bottom line is that IPL matches will be held in India even if its on the condition said by the govt because at the end of the day the message that India wants to send out is that cricket is safe if not in Pakistan but Pakistan’s neighborhood.