Home Min wants IPL delayed, Modi won't comply
Posted on: 10:44 AM IST Mar 04, 2009
New Delhi: The Indian Premier League is cricket's most vibrant and colourful carnival. But in times such as these - keeping Black Tuesday as well as the upcoming General Elections in mind - India's Home Minister P Chidambaram had words of caution over bravado for cricketers.
"I have suggested that the IPL be delayed," Chidambaram said on Tuesday.
The question now is whether the League fall in line. In a tight international calendar this is the only window available for players to participate in the tournament. So the IPL says they won't postpone the tournament itself, just reschedule matches that were to be held on polling days in the same cities.
"We will change the dates of the matches scheduled on polling days. We will be in touch with Home Ministry," said IPL Commissioner, Lalit Modi.
However, that still leaves one critical question unanswered. Will the players play ball? Afterall, just a few weeks after a direct attack on their fellow cricketers, will they be comfortable with security assurances at a high profile cricket event?
IPL bosses claimed recently that the event was recession-proof. The event may survive the shockwaves in the financial meltdown, but the question that awaits an answer is: Will the glitzy league overcome the spectre of terror?