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New venues announced for IPL matches

Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi on Tuesday said that that Ahmedabad and Vishakapatnam have been confirmed as new venues for the second edition of the tournament.

"The Tournament will now move to new venues of Ahmedabad and Vishakapatnam. IPL is still trying to get a confirmation from Dharamsala to host matches," he said.

While addressing a press conference here, he said that the final IPL dates are still being decided.

Modi said the opening and closing ceremonies to be held in D Y Patil stadium in Mumbai.

He also said that the second edition of the tournament would focus on beefing up security.

"We are spending 10 per cent more this year on security than what was spent last year," Modi said.

Unveiling the new IPL logo, Modi said the IPL has contracted revenue of Rs 10,970 crore this year.

The rescheduling follows a request from the Union Home Ministry and State Governments to avoid match dates clashing with dates set for the general elections.

Earlier, Modi had said that the dates for the IPL matches could not be changed. He also said that there was no question of the IPL moving to a foreign country.

Various media reports had claimed that the UAE and some Western countries are ready to host the cash-rich Twenty20 event.

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