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Home Ministry hits back at BCCI

A day after the IPL tournament was shifted out of the country, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram hit back at the Cricket board, saying the final say on staging of IPL rested with the state governments.

He said the responses given by some states on the lack security arrangements had to be respected and that there was no shame by not holding the second edition of IPL in India. He was referring to Narendra Modi's accusation that the inability to host the tournament in the country was a "national shame".

The BCCI is likely to meet on Monday to finalise the venue abroad for the T20 IPL Season 2 Tournament. After weeks of lobbying to browbeat the government, the Indian Premier League took the logical option of moving its second season out of the country. South Africa and England emerged as the two frontrunners.

IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi was disappointed by the response of the states and the conditions they put on holding the event.

"It is unfortunate that some states have decided to pull out and they are crucial states. Maharashtra for example is a crucial state for us. We had 18 games planned in Maharashtra," he told a news channel.

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