17 Mar 2009

Further delay to IPL

9:03 am on 17 March 2009

The playing schedule for this year's Indian Premier League remains in doubt after a second revised fixture list was rejected by home ministry officials.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India was unable to confirm when any definite dates might be announced.

The IPL Twenty20 competition is set to be held from April 10th to May 24th and national elections take place between April 16th and May 13th.

The home ministry claims it does not have enough security resources to deal with both major events.

Security is high on the agenda after the attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team in Lahore, in neighbouring Pakistan earlier this month.

The Lahore attacks have forced IPL organisers to undertake a detailed reassessment of the security arrangements and they have promised to take charge of all player security arrangements for the six-week event.

A half a dozen New Zealanders are scheduled to play in the IPL.