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South Africa leads race to host IPL
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New Delhi: In a turnaround, South Africa has overtaken England as the venue for the second season of the Indian Premier league.

While England was considered the favourite to host the matches till Sunday, South Africa emerged as the front runner with one report claiming that Lalit Modi and his colleagues will head to the rainbow nation first.

Weather turned out to be the main factor that swayed the BCCI officials against using England as a venue, according to reports. The officials feared that rain would seriously disrupt the schedule of the tournament to be held from April 10 to May 24.

Besides, South Africa may work out to be a much cheaper option. It is also reported that the South African Government is extremely keen to host the mega event.

South Africa is also considered a better option than England in terms of TV timings. The IPL wants to start its first match of the day at 4 pm IST, which would mean a 11.30 am start in England. In South Africa it would be a 12.30 pm start.

Modi, who will travel to England and South Africa over the next 24 hours, said that he had been booked both for England and South Africa and it appears now that the venue of the tournament may take a couple of more days before it is finalised.

Till Sunday, England was a favoured venue as the Indian team management felt that it would be the ideal preparation for the second Twenty20 World Championship, which is scheduled to begin from June 5.

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