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IPL seeking bulletproof buses, cars for players
THE Indian Premier League is shopping for bulletproof buses and cars in a bid to protect its star players, according to reports in India.

The Times of India said a South African private security firm hired by the multi-million-dollar Twenty20 league had approached a local firm to buy 16 special buses and 64 armoured SUVs - worth roughly $US3.1 million ($4.5m).

The scramble for additional protection comes in the wake of the deadly attack against the Sri Lankan team in Pakistan on March 3.

But the newspaper pointed out that with demand high from Indian politicians campaigning for general elections starting next month, the IPL might be unable to buy shielded vehicles at such short notice.

The report comes as the IPL remains embroiled in a row with the Indian government over security. Less than a month before the scheduled opening on April 10, the home ministry has still not cleared the tournament because it clashes with parliamentary elections.

The IPL is due to run to May 24, while the elections take place across the country from April 16 to May 16. The government wants the 59-match schedule to be adjusted so that states hosting games do not have to pull out security forces on election duty to guard the tournament.

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