Dharmsala is the latest venue for IPL

Published: Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 9:42 [IST]
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Mumbai: Dharmsala was a surprise inclusion in to the list of the additional venues for IPL matches.

IPL boss Modi confirmed that Dharamsala will host two matches of the high-profile Twenty20 tournament after a rescheduled itinerary was drawn up for the April 10-May 24 event with Ahmedabad and Vishakapatnam as the other two new centres.

Apart from these new additions, Nagpur was also shortlisted as a possible venue for the high-profile league, but didn't make the cut.

"A new state has come in and that state government has offered to hold matches. A new offer and a new venue and that's Dharamsala. I need it to confer with the franchises. Fortunately, the President of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association, Anurag Thakur was in the hotel here. It's not a happy coincidence, a design trying to make it sure that everything is fine," Modi said here during a function to unveil the new logo for the event's second season.

"Two matches have been agreed upon and are going to be moved from Chandigarh to Dharamsala. We've worked out the dates, those two dates have been frozen," he added.

Modi also said that IPL will take full responsibility for a centrally-managed security set-up which will cost 10 times more than last year.

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