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We will hire private security for IPL: BCCI to Govt
New Delhi: The Indian cricket Board has told the Union Government that they will hire services of private security agencies to conduct the second edition of the Indian Premier League.

"We will depend on private securities to conduct the matches," said N Srinivasan, secretary of BCCI, in a letter to the Union Home Ministry. The Board has made clear that they will not depend on the Central security agencies to conduct the tournament.

However, the ministry has asked the concerned state governments for their response to the BCCI proposal to which they state authorities have expressed their inability to provide security to the IPL matches.

It is learnt that the Directors General of Police have expressed their inability to provide security to the IPL matches. They have told the government that they depend on the Central forces to conduct the elections and are in no position to provide security to IPL.

A fall-out of the terror attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore could be the IPL. After Home Minister P Chidambaram said providing security for matches while the elections are on will be difficult, the BCCI has told CNN-IBN that it will be willing to make adjustments, but only minor ones.

"We are open to making minor adjustments in IPL schedule," BCCI President Shashank Manohar said on Wednesday. "No IPL match will be held in a city where polls are being held that day."

IPL team owners, too, have raised raising concern about player security. Shilpa Shetty, Bollywood actress and co-owner of the Rajasthan Royals said, "The only thing that IPL board can do at this point is to beef up the security. It's a really sad day for sports... for such an unfortunate thing to happen. But I'm trying to be positive and I empathise with the cricketers who have suffered, the Sri Lankan cricketers, and the umpire who got hurt."

On the other hand, New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram, who plays for Chennai Super Kings, has said that he will reconsider coming to India.

"I think there are definite questions to be asked," Oram said. "The IPL has given me an economic freedom that I didn't even dream about, but I have a family now. Cricket's important, but it is not as important as my life. Lalit Modi and the IPL have given assurances that the security will be beefed up for the event. (But) I'll be thinking twice before going to play in the sub-continent."

Oram's concerns were echoed by the Federation of International Cricketers' Association's (FICA) Chief Executive Tim May who said, "We have written to the Indian Premier League on behalf of our members requesting an ability for player representatives to be involved in the evaluation and construction of security for the event."

"An increasing number of players have expressed a desire for an independent level of comfort surrounding security arrangements for this event," May added.

Reiterating the Indian Government's stand on IPL matches, ICC vice-president and former BCCI boss Sharad Pawar has said that the board should respect the decision.

"I don't think in India one should worry," he said. Unlike Pakistan, security forces are competent, our public is alert, and I don't think that's the situation here. But still if the Government is saying one has to understand the background and understand the situation."

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