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England or South Africa ready to host event

The IPL which proved to be hugely popular in its inaugural edition last year will be played this year in another country, probably England or South Africa, in the wake of a tussle between the Government and the BCCI over security issues.

The BCCI took the surprise decision here today after the Union Home Ministry and some state governments had told the organisers that it may not be possible to provide adequate security for the 45-day tournament whose dates clash with the Lok Sabha polls.

Even a rescheduling of the matches and change of some venues had not satisfied the security establishment which had heightened concerns after the Lahore terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team.

Determined to go ahead with the tournament which involves big money -- some estimates putting the figure at close to Rs 10,000 crores mainly in TV rights and sponsorships -- the BCCI threw a googly at the government by taking the tournament out of the country.

After the meeting of the BCCI working Committee attended among others by Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, the BCCI President Shashank Manohar told a press conference that they were forced to take the tournament out of the country because of the government's attitude.

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