|South Africa to host IPL 2: Modi
24 Mar 2009, 2042 hrs IST, TIMESOFINDIA.COM
DELHI: South Africa was on Tuesday named as the host for the second edition of
the Indian Premier League which has been shifted out of India because of
security apprehensions. (
commissioner Lalit Modi and Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola announced the
news formally in a press conference in Johannesburg. The decision to hold the
lucrative Twenty20 tournament was taken after a meeting between Modi and Majola
at an undisclosed venue.
are very happy to confirm that South Africa will host the 2009 Indian Premier
League," IPL chairman Lalit Modi said in a statement following a meeting with
Cricket South Africa.
tournament will be held between April 18 and May 24, a delay of about one week
from the original schedule of April 10, 2009. Modi thanked CSA for agreeing to
host the Twenty20 event in such a short
"We would like to thank
Cricket South Africa very much for the support they have given us over the past
few days, which has helped us to come to this decision," said Modi.
“And we look forward to
a successful and exciting tournament being held at venues throughout South
Africa," Modi said in the news
Six venues have been
identified for staging the eight-team tournament and the matches will start at 4
pm IST and 8 pm IST to make it convenient for Indian television viewers back
home. The tournament will feature 59 matches as planned and the fixtures will
be announced shortly.
Africa pipped England as the venue after the BCCI decided to shift the
tournament outside India because of security issues in view of the general
"The organisers can
be assured that they have the full support of CSA's structures and the South
African public to stage a successful tournament,” said Majola, CEO CSA,
during the press release.
"This is a great compliment to
both CSA and our nation to be shown this confidence in our ability to hold one
of the world's top sporting events at short notice,” continued Majola.
England was initially tipped
to be the front-runner but the wet weather there during April and May swayed the
IPL officials to consider South Africa as the preferred venue.
Another reason for England's
chances receding is the assurance from South Africa government and CSA officials
that the tournament will receive full support.
South Africa was considered to
be a better option because the cost of running the tournament would be
substantially less than in England and their domestic event would have concluded
by the time IPL began, sources said.
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