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Modi leaves for Johannesburg tonight

IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi will leave for Johannesburg tonight and a decision on the host nation for the second edition of the Twenty20 league may be expected tomorrow.

Modi, who will be travelling to England from Johannesburg tomorrow evening, refused to concede South Africa as favourite to host the lucrative tournament saying it was logistically easier for him to travel to the rainbow nation first.

"We will have to evaluate clearly and carefully before coming to a decision about the venue. We also need to take the weather pattern into consideration as well," Modi said.

Modi, is supposed to be accompanied by IPL CEO Sundar Raman and Tournament Director Dhiraj Malhotra, said both countries have their pros and cons.

He said there are a number of factors working in favour of England.

"England has easy connectivity with a number of flights operating from India. The country is also well prepared since it will host the Twenty20 World Championship and the county championship too is going to start," said Modi.

However, he conceded that weather could pose a problem.

"Weather could be a problem and moreover due to the London Marathon, there could be a problem finding hotel rooms for some days. There's also the Test series between West Indies and England we have to take into account," he told CNN-IBN.

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