South Africa pip England to host IPL

Published: Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 7:27 [IST]
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South Africa to host IPL2

New Delhi : South Africa will now officially host the second edition of the Indian Premier League which was shifted out of India due to security concerns.

The decision to hold IPL2 was taken after a meeting between Lalit Modi and Majola at an undisclosed venue.

"We are very happy to confirm that South Africa will host the 2009 Indian Premier League," IPL chairman Lalit Modi said in a statement following a meeting with Cricket South Africa.

The tournament will be held between April 18 and May 24, a delay of about one week from the original schedule of April 10, 2009. Modi thanked CSA for agreeing to host the Twenty20 event in such a short notice.

"We would like to thank Cricket South Africa very much for the support they have given us over the past few days, which has helped us to come to this decision," said Modi.

“And we look forward to a successful and exciting tournament being held at venues throughout South Africa," Modi said in the news release.

Six venues have been identified for staging the eight-team tournament and the matches will start at 4 pm IST and 8 pm IST to make it convenient for Indian television viewers back home. The tournament will feature 59 matches as planned and the fixtures will be announced shortly.

South Africa pipped England as the venue after the BCCI decided to shift the tournament outside India because of security issues in view of the general elections.


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