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Cricket South Africa satisfied with security : Lalit Modi
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Mumbai: The issue over security for Indian Premier League (IPL) III seems to be heating up.

On his Twitter account, IPL chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi says that he had a meeting with Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola who has expressed satisfaction with the arrangements.

He reiterates that the IPL will be played in India. "We will not be dictated by players associations where to play. DLF IPL will be played in India. The hockey World Cup is on as we speak and so is the South Africa tour.

"All are satisfied with the arrangements. The government has already given ample assurances for the safe conduct of games. We are working with all agencies in this direction."

Earlier the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (Fica), which is not recognised by the BCCI, said that it is looking for assurances from the Indian goverment on security.

Fica chief Tim May, though, says that the final decision on whether or not to take part will rest on the players concerned.

Meanwhile the Australian Cricketers' Association has been instructed by star players to make safety demands on the IPL.

Modi says that if a few players play into the hands of the Fica and do not show up, there would be no issues. "We will allow replacements for those who decide not to show up. We have 98 players on the waiting list eager to get called in as replacements. So they have hope now if some drop out.

"Those that drop out risk being in future editions of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The call will be theirs. I have been sent messages through various quarters to entertain Fica president Tim May. Unfortunately we do not recognise Fica or any agents."

Modi adds that he has been told that Ricky Ponting has been pressuring players not to come. "Maybe it is due to the fact that he was dropped from the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Australia will tour India in October. Will the Australian Players Association dictate them not coming then? I doubt it. Chances are that the Champions Twenty20 League will be in India. Will teams say that they will not come? I doubt it."

Source: Indiantelevision.com

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