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ICC surprised at IPL shift

Published: Monday, March 23, 2009, 12:11 [IST]
 
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David Morgan surprised at IPL shift

London, March 23: International Cricket Council (ICC) president David Morgan said he is surprised at the news of the Indian Premier League being held overseas, and added it would be difficult for any nation to host the event at such short notice.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Sunday announced that the hugely popular Twenty20 tournament will be played outside India because state governments have expressed their inability to provide security to the tournament as it clashes with general elections in the country.

"That is a quite surprising news, they have had real difficulties with the elections on in India," Morgan said.

"I honestly dont know (where it will be staged) but the rumours here in Australia were that South Africa was a likely relocation destination but there has been nothing official."

"Its the beginning of the season in England and Wales and there is a lot of Twenty20 cricket being played, including the ICC World Twenty20."

"I do think there will be great difficulties in relocating it," he said.

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