Mumbai: Dark storm clouds are gathering over IPL second season as host Cricket nations insisted on security cover by the paramilitary forces, which the Centre is reluctant to divert from election duty, even as the BCCI offered to revise the game schedule to prevent any overlap between polling dates and matches.
The ministry of home affairs (MHA) has asked BCCI to talk to the state police authorities on the required security arrangements and hinted at allowing the series with only a minor readjustment of dates provided the board manages to convince them that central forces are not necessary for IPL"s security.
However, it still wasn"t clear whether foreign cricketers would be willing to travel to India and be part of IPL in the wake of the Lahore attack. Kiwis all-rounder Jacob Oram has already raised apprehensions about playing IPL after the attack on Sri Lankan players at Lahore on Wednesday.
At stake is not just the Rs 400 crore that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) hopes to earn from the event, but also the allocation of a large advertising spend spread between news channels that stand to gain additional viewers for their election coverage if IPL is scrapped or postponed, and the channel that gets to telecast IPL matches if the games are on. It would be a diaster for IPL franchies if the IPL matches are cancelled.