Deepankar Kaur | cricket20
The IPL have decided to move next weeks semi finals to the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai after yesterdays bomb blasts at the Chinnasamy Stadium.
Lalit Modi, the IPL commissioner made the announcement after two bombs exploded outside the Chinnasamy Stadium during the build up to yesterdays games between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Mumbai Indians.
The game was delayed by an hour while local police used sniffer dogs to carry out a search around the ground. A third bomb which was set to go off at 2200 was found and made safe by members of the Bangalore Police Bomb Squad.
"While reluctant to relocate the semi finals at such short notice, yesterday’s incidents have made it clear that the current environment in Bangalore prevents us from continuing with our original plans," said Modi.
"The incidents were assessed by local police and the IPL’s security agency as being of a minor nature but they have forced our hand. This decision is naturally disappointing for the people of Bangalore but has been taken with the tournament’s best interests, and the interests of its many varied stakeholders, in mind," he added.
"The IPL wishes those affected by yesterday’s incidents a speedy recovery from injuries suffered as a result of the cowardly actions. Despite this setback, we’re confident the semi finals and finals of DLF IPL 2010 will be successfully contested and provide a fitting finale to a remarkable tournament."
The move to Mumbai comes after the police in Bangalore suggested they won’t give the go ahead for the semi finals to take place until the Chinnasamy Stadium has had a full security sweep even though they allowed yesterdays game to be played.
Bangalore Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari said, "Till full proof security is available, we won’t give permission for the IPL semifinal matches."