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IPL officials meet to save season

Indian Premier League's top officials had a series of meetings today to save the high-profile Twenty20 event amid intense speculation that the second edition would have to be postponed because of security concerns.

A day after the Home Ministry made it clear that providing security for the league during the time of general elections would be difficult, the IPL officials were huddled in meetings in Chennai trying to figure a way out of the imbroglio.

The IPL is willing to re-draw the schedule and avoid matches on and around polling days in the cities where the franchises are based.

The IPL will submit its revised schedule tomorrow to the Home Ministry where a final decision is expected to be taken after a meeting of the officials of both the ministry and IPL.

The IPL has not come out with any statement today and a source said the picture will become clear after the meeting with the Home Ministry officials tomorrow.

The chairman of the cash-rich league Lalit Modi had yesterday offered to re-schedule the matches.

"The IPL is fully cognizant of the importance of general elections in a country such as ours. We will go a step further to ensure that there will be no games 24 to 48 hours prior to the polling dates across the nine match venues in the country," Modi had said in a statement.

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