PC suggests postponement of T-20 tournament
New Delhi (PTI): Citing security issues due to general elections, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday said the IPL should consider postponing the second edition of its T20 cricket tournament, as the terror attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan cast a shadow on the popular event due to begin on April 10.
Chidambaram told reporters he had asked the Home Secretary (Madhukar Gupta) to get in touch with the organisers and discuss re-scheduling of the dates after security agencies wrote to his Ministry suggesting postponing of the tourney since it was not possible to provide required security cover.
He indicated that holding the 45-day tournament could be a high security risk due to non-availability of paara-military forces who would be also deployed for poll duties.
The tournament will be staged in eight cities across the country and will conclude on May 24. The five-phased general elections are scheduled to be held between April 16 and May 13.
According to sources, a high level meeting has been convened in North Block to review the security situation during the tournament and discuss possible dates. "It will be difficult to provide adequate para-military forces for election purposes as well as provide security" for the cricket matches," Chidambaram said.
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