Finally Indian Premier League (ILP) is forced to shift the second season out of India after organisers failed to secure government approval for the matches o go ahead. The tournament clashes with the upcoming Indian general election, prompting fears over security. England, South Africa and Dubai are looked upon the potential alternative hosts.
BCCI president Shashank Manohar said it was because of the attitude of the government that they were forced to take the decision.
“Because of the attitude of the government that they are not ready to spare security forces for the cricket tournament… we are forced to take the decision to move the event out of India,” Manohar told newspersons in Mumbai on Sunday.
IPL commissioner Lalit Modi tried his level best to convince the Home Ministry that they would take care of the security, but the government turned down the offer saying the Lok Sabha polls take precedence over cricket.
Finally, after days of hectic negotiations and re-working the schedule more than 40 times, Modi decided enough was enough!
While the government did not want to take chances with the security after the attack by gunmen on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore, it also lost a lot of revenue and a chance to show that the country is a safe place to host sports events, keeping in mind next year’s Commonwealth Games.
Eventually unthinkable has happened. Shifing IPL from India is not an issue but the issue is can a so called developed and superpower country not handle multiple tasks at any point of time. What signal Goverment is trying to send to within and outside country? Is our security is a myth? Instead of expressing security concern, Goverment should support the event and tell to the world, India is capable of handling multiple tasks at any point of time.
I’s poor decesion to move IPL outside India as it clearly shows the lack of confidence in providing security to cricket teams.On one hand it becomes a great pitty to host an event outside india whose identity remains in the name INDIA. Second thing our govt. is itself trying to prove that we are not secure enough. A very unfair decision for all the stakeholders, franchisees, advertisers, People of India and all those who directly or indirectly related to IPL. Lets first agree that present government is incapable of providing security to cricketers. God knows how they would provide security for Commonwealth games & WC 2011. Media is also playing a big role in constantly highlighting the security concerns and creating the Scapegoat with GOI.
The IPL is an Indian brainchild, nowhere else but in India the cricket finds such an acceptance, a devotion and the fact that it will not be played in India is a matter of shame. It is beyond me that how can a country like us cannot provide security?