Kolkata Knight Riders team owner Shah Rukh Khan is upset that a large chunk of this year's Indian Premier League is going to be played on foreign soil. The Board of Control for Cricket in India is all set to name an overseas venue on Wednesday as this year's tournament is clashing with the general elections. The IPL is scheduled between April 9 and June 3.
The Union Home ministry has declined to offer security to the IPL organisers due to the Lok Sabha polls. One among South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh could host matches. South Africa had hosted the IPL in 2009 when BCCI was forced to move the tournament due to elections.
On Tuesday, Bollywood star Shah Rukh told NDTV in an exclusive chat: "I don't know if it is South Africa or UAE as yet... politically incorrect thing is to say that in India, we should be able handle elections and sporting events also. But it is nice to say that IPL is so big and the elections are so big that both big things can't clash due to security and if the home ministry feels like that, then it is fantastic."