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  Pakistan likely to play Australia in England next year
Posted by: Sathish - 03-05-2009, 07:55 AM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

Mumbai: The screws are being turned on Pakistan as a host for international cricket.

Australia, which is due to play Pakistan in a Test series next year, is looking at England as a possible neutral venue. A decision is expected later this week.

Australia has not sent a team to Pakistan since 1998.

Meanwhile, UAE will be the venue for the Pakistan-Australia six-match series consisting of five ODIs and one Twenty20 game. Ten Sports, which has the rights to Pakistan cricket, will air the matches.

"All six games will happen in the UAE. Three will take place at Dubai Sports City, while three will happen in Abu Dhabi. The tour after that is due to be New Zealand playing
against Pakistan in November/December. It would seem likely that the tour will happen in a neutral venue such as the UAE," says Taj Television senior VP Peter Hutton.

In terms of ad revenue he says that there is minimal change. "We have so much cricket on the channel on the moment from West Indies and South Africa. So advertisers can be given spots there."

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  Security agencies suggest IPL postponement
Posted by: Sathish - 03-04-2009, 08:24 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

Union Home secretary Madhukar Gupta confirmed that the government is in touch with officials of the Indian Premier League to work out a schedule for the upcoming Twenty20 tournament that does not clash with the Lok Sabha elections.

"We have sounded them about the security engagements during the Lok Sabha polls on both Eastern and Western borders. We are in the process of discussions what kind of adjustments could be made in the present IPL calendar. They said that they would come back to us," Gupta told journalists on Wednesday.

On Tuesday Home Minister Chidambaram suggested a postponement of the tournament because it clashes with the general elections.

'It will be difficult to provide paramilitary forces for 40 matches and the elections too. I don't want my forces to be strained. (Postponing the IPL) would be a better proposition,' he said.

Arun Jaitley, Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary and president of the Delhi and District Cricket Association, said eight cities are going for a one-day poll.

"Like, for example, Delhi could hold matches between the 10th of April and first of next month and the next match could be held after the 7th of May after Delhi goes to the polls," he said.

Security, he said, has become a major concern following Tuesday's terror attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team in Lahore.

"Terrorism no longer remains a local issue. It has now assumed geo-political dimensions," he added.

IPL officials are likely to meet with the Home secretary on Thursday before presenting alternative dates for the tournament.

Meanwhile, it was learnt that the top brass of various security agencies have conveyed to the government that it is unadvisable to stage the IPL along with the elections.

Sources said they suggested that there should be no IPL matches days before and after polling dates in cities where the franchisees are based.

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  Foreign cricketers in two minds on IPL participation
Posted by: Sathish - 03-04-2009, 08:22 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

Melbourne, Mar 4 (PTI) The lethal terror attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore has left international players in two minds on whether to participate in the second edition of the Indian Premier League to be held next month.
Considering Pakistan's proximity to India, many players are assessing their decision.

"It does hit home a lot more considering being a cricketer," Legendary Australian pacer Glenn McGrath said.

"With the IPL coming up there's concerns there too, being quite close to Pakistan," he added.

Compatriot Shane Watson, who won the player of the tournament in last year's IPL playing for the Rajasthan Royals, said the incident left him shocked and he would consider touring India if FICA gives a green signal.

"I was extremely shocked, I didn't expect anything like this to happen to any cricket team travelling around the world - it's blown me away," he told AAP.

"You're never safe anywhere, to be fair. It's part and parcel of the world environment at the moment, more than just a certain region.

"I love playing cricket and if the opportunity is there to go to India, I will be there with bells on," Watson added.

Australian skipper Ricky Ponting, who had already withdrawn from this year's IPL, said the participation of other Australians in the tournament could not be guaranteed. PTI

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  We don't need Govt permission to conduct IPL: BCCI sources
Posted by: Sathish - 03-04-2009, 08:21 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

The second season of Indian Premier League, which is slated to begin on April 10, is unlikely to be postponed and will only see a shuffle in the schedule.

According to BCCI sources, the cricket board has written to the Home Ministry promising to maintain a 48-hour gap between elections and the IPL.

Sources also told NDTV that the Indian board does not need any permission from the Home Ministry to conduct domestic matches.

Meanwhile, the BCCI's meeting with the Home Ministry that was scheduled on Wednesday, will now be held on Friday.

The Indian Cricket Board, however, has sent a revised schedule and a letter from it President Shashank Manohar to the ministry.

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  Lahore terror attack not a threat to IPL: Dalmiya
Posted by: Sathish - 03-04-2009, 08:21 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

Former ICC and BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya on Tuesday condemned the terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore but said there was no threat to the hosting of Indian Premier League matches.

"This is a cowardly act of the highest degree. It is a matter of concern and I strongly condemn it. I pray that the players injured recover fast," Dalmiya, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president, told reporters here.

Recalling his tenure as the Board president when the cricket tour to Pakistan resumed, Dalmiya said, "We had to go by the security agencies report and drop a few venues at that time. I am sure measures will be taken so that the sport is not hit in the long run."

On the second edition of IPL, he said, "The Eden Gardens is 100 per cent secure. Security will be tightened."

Eden Gardens will host the first match in the second edition of IPL on April 11.

Asked whether the 2011 World Cup scheduled in the sub-continent could be a casualty, Dalmiya said, "It may affect the World Cup, nobody knows about it. There's a lot of time to go for the World Cup. We will see how to handle the situation in future."

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  IPL team owners worried about security, polls
Posted by: Sathish - 03-04-2009, 08:19 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

New Delhi: The General Elections seems to have cast a shadow over the second season of the Indian Premier League with team owners raising concern about players security after the Home Ministry said that providing security to teams and match venues will due to Lok Sabha polls.

Now IPL team owners, too, are raising concern about players’ security after Tuesday's attack on Sri Lankan players in Lahore.

Rajasthan Royals co-owner Shilpa Shetty said that the IPL must ensure security for all players involved in the Twenty20 tournament.

"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 am trying to be positive and I empathise with the cricketers who have suffered, the Sri Lankan cricketers, and the umpire who got hurt," said Shipla.

Shilpa's views were echoed by Kings XI Punjab Preity Zinta, who also expressed apprehensions about the security scenario.

"Every cricketer and person is worried about the attacks carried out on a cricket team. It's important that people should not panic. All team owners will have to make sure that adequate security is given to the cricketers," said Zinta referring to the attack on Sri Lankan team in which six players and an umpire was injured.

"We have full faith in the Government of India. We request the government to keep the players and tournament safe. That’s a government decision we respect. Within the stadium and outside we will be having our own security. We have to look at the brighter side. The idea of terrorism is to infuse fear. I hope that there would be great security," said Zinta.

Zinta also said that changing dates of IPL matches might create some problem.

"None of Punjab XI players have expressed concerns on security but rescheduling is a concern for every team. It's extremely important for people to go and vote as well. We will work around the schedules. It takes time to set up the tournament schedule. We set up the schedule in two months time," Zinta said about some IPL matches clashing with Lok Sabha election dates.

Meanwhile, international cricketers, too, have begun voicing their concern over the IPL.

"I think there are definite questions to be asked. 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. I'll be thinking twice, before going to play in the sub-continent," New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram, who plays for the Chennai Super Kings, said.

Oram's concerns were echoed by the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations' (FICA) Chief Executive Tim May.

"We have written to the Indian Premier League on behalf of our members requesting 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," said May.

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  'Players will be safe in India during IPL'
Posted by: Sathish - 03-04-2009, 07:42 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta spoke to CNN-IBN about the BCCI's intentions to postpone the IPL to a later date so as to not clash with the dates of the general elections.

CNN-IBN: Do you endorse the opinion of other team owners raising concern over player safety for the IPL?

Preity Zinta: I think we have full faith in the system and the Government in India. Player safety shouldn't be such a great concern in India. Even when the England team was playing in India, they were completely safe (at the time of the Mumbai terror attack). I would like to give the benefit of doubt to the system to keep everyone safe during the IPL.

CNN-IBN: The BCCI has agreed to reschedule some of the IPL matches so that they don't clash with the elections. But what P Chidambaram, the Home Minister, has said that it's going to be very difficult to move security forces around for two much big events. Wouldn't that be a huge concern?

Preity Zinta: That's the Government's decision and we respect that. We as owners are going to have a lot of security in and around the stadiums, that goes without saying. But we need to be positive and look at the brighter side and as opposed to being worried and scared. The idea of terrorism is to infuse fear and confusion among people. I can assure you that and from the system I would hope there would be great security cover and things would be fine.

CNN-IBN: Have any of your players voiced any concern because Jacob Oram, the Kiwi all-rounder who plays for Chennai Super Kings, is said to have second thoughts about coming to India.

Preity Zinta: None of our players as of now have voiced any concern as such. Nobody has come forward and said anything. In fact, not even the two Sri Lankan players (Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara) have said anything of that nature to us. Our prayers are with them and thankfully, most of them are safe and sound. Incidents like these are unfortunate. It's unfortunate for cricket and sport in general.

But I would like to say that we have full faith in the Indian security and the Government's ability to protect sporstmen and its country's citizens. It's being unfair on people who have lost their lives in protecting them to come out and say that they have fears.

CNN-IBN: Have you been in touch with Sangakkara and Jayawardene after the incident?

Preity Zinta: We have been in touch with their families and they are safe. I think everyone has been a little jilted and shocked about what happened. But they are safe.

CNN-IBN: Did they mention anything about their forthcoming IPL participation or is it too early to ask such questions?

Preity Zinta: It's very superficial for us to sit and discuss about the IPL when such an incident has happened. Our first concern was for the safety of the players who not only played for us, but for all the Sri Lankan players. Eventually, when you get to know people on a personal level, you feel terrible about it. So we did not talk about the IPL. I think that would be really cheap.

CNN-IBN: Considering the fact that there are a number of international cricketers in Kings XI Punjab, have you been discussing security issues with your team management?

Preity Zinta: Security was the No. 1 concern even last year. We had great security personnel working for us as a franchise as well as for the IPL in general. It would be the No. 1 concern even now. We will not leave any stone unturned where security is concerned.

CNN-IBN: The Federation of International Cricketers' Association (FICA) chief executive Tim May has also said that a number of international players have apparently voiced their concern in the aftermath of of the Lahore attack. Have you been receiving queries from foreign players about the situation on security on ground zero?

Preity Zinta: Not at all. We have a lot of faith in our system. The players who play for us eventually will have to go with that faith. Otherwise, I really can't comment on them or their position. But as of now, no player — from Sri Lanka to England to West Indies to Australia — no one has come up with a query. Any way, it's an individual decision and we would respect their personal security concerns. But no one has come up and put forward questions as of now.

CNN-IBN: Now that the dates for the general elections announced, there are quite a few fixtures clashing with the dates for the polls. If at all there is some rescheduling, how much of a concern will it be for your team?

Preity Zinta: I think it will be a concern for every team, though I personally believe that irrespective of the game being on that particular day, I would go back to Mumbai and vote, because it's extremely important to go and vote. There is no point cribbing about the country and the political clout if you don't go and vote.

But I don't see it being such a problem. Matches will move up and down. But we will work around it. Last year when the IPL was set up, we were told that technically any team which hosts the IPL, it would take one year to set it up. But we did it in two months. So I think we can exist in chaos and we can work around it.

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  Flintoff, KP warned of IPL participation
Posted by: Sathish - 03-04-2009, 07:36 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

London: Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen have been warned they risk becoming "sitting ducks" for terrorists if they play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the wake of the attack on the Sri Lankan team in Pakistan.

Former England coach Duncan Fletcher has warned English cricket's biggest names that, based on his experience, some types of terrorist attacks are easier to carry out in India than in Pakistan.

Writing in Wednesday's Guardian, Fletcher recalled how the England tour party he took to Pakistan in 2005/06 had been criticised for the "presidential" level of security surrounding their trip, with roads to stadiums cleared and lined with armed guards.

"It provided some comfort at least," he wrote.

"Nothing is 100 percent but you sure as hell want that percentage to be as high as possible in your favour.

"India is different. The traffic is often so bad in the big cities where a lot of the cricket is played that the coach can move along only slowly at times, which turns it into a sitting duck for terrorists.

Fletcher added: "There is nothing stopping a tuk-tuk pulling up alongside and detonating a bomb. I would be very nervous because that kind of attack is much easier to carry out in India -- and these guys can attack when they like."

Pietersen and Flintoff are among 11 English players bought at last month's IPL auction. Even before the Pakistan attack, Flintoff's participation had been in doubt because of a hip injury and no England players will be able to take part if -- as is being considered -- the tournament is delayed.

IPL bosses are reviewing alternative dates after the Indian government said it would be difficult to ensure adequate security for the tournament because it overlaps with elections due to take place in April and May.

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  We will hire private security for IPL: BCCI to Govt
Posted by: Sathish - 03-04-2009, 07:33 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

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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  Australia willing to host 2011 WC games
Posted by: Sathish - 03-04-2009, 07:31 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

Melbourne: Australia would be ready to host matches in the 2011 World Cup following the attack on the Sri Lankan team in Pakistan, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said on Wednesday.

But he stressed that he would prefer the tournament to go ahead as planned in Pakistan, as well as India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) cast doubt on Tuesday on Pakistan's hopes of remaining a co-host of the four-yearly event, saying the Lahore attacks had changed the global landscape of the game.

"Officially, we are the standby hosts for the 2011 World Cup — our strong preference is for the event to go ahead in Asia, hosted by the countries that the ICC sees fit," Sutherland was quoted as saying by Australian Associated Press.

"We're the hosts for 2015 and we're confident we can put on a fantastic event... but we want the appropriate lead time into that event because of all the planning considerations necessary for it."

New Zealand are also standby hosts for the 2011 World Cup.

The ICC's board will discuss the fallout from the Lahore ambush — which killed eight people and left seven Sri Lankan cricketers wounded -- and the consequences for the World Cup at a meeting in Dubai next month.

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