New Delhi: The Indian Premier League (IPL) suffered a major setback on Friday after the home ministry withheld security clearance for the event despite organizers submitting a revised playing schedule.
The home ministry told IPL officials it “may not be feasible to play matches as per the submitted schedule” due to a shortage of central security forces, which will be busy safeguarding the country’s general election at the same time.
IPL is scheduled to be held from 10 April to 24 May, while the elections for the Parliament’s Lower House will take place across the country in five different phases between 16 April and 13 May.
Tournament organizers had altered their original match schedule after home minister P. Chidambaram cited security problems due to the clash between the elections and the league.
After a video conference involving the interior ministry and senior police officials of seven states that are scheduled to host matches, the home ministry asked IPL officials to again redraw the schedule.
IPL commissioner Lalit Modi said he was prepared to adjust the schedule so that it satisfied all security agencies. “We’ll announce a new schedule soon,” he said.