IPL terms Rajasthan minister's charges 'unfair'

The IPL clarified to Rajasthan Home Minister that the changes were necessitated because of certain constraints over security.

updated: March 19, 2009 14:00 IST
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The Indian Premier League (IPL) on Thursday refuted the charges made by the Rajasthan Home Minister against commissioner Lalit Modi over the removal of Jaipur from the venues' list for the T20 event. Terming the accusations as "unfair", the League clarified that the changes were necessitated by security constraints.

"There have been media reports about the Rajasthan Royals home matches being deliberately shifted out from the Pink City. To set the record straight Jaipur was one of the first venues to express interest in hosting IPL and the initial schedule that IPL submitted to the Home Ministry had five matches scheduled in Jaipur," IPL CEO Sundar Raman said in a media statement.

"However the confirmation from State Govt of Rajasthan had a rider - which required central forces support. The Ministry of Home Affairs had made it clear that no central forces will be available," he explained.

"The schedule has since undergone multiple iterations. We are operating with constraints and it would be unfair to call this a deliberate effort on the part of IPL for chances in the schedule that have been necessitated," he concluded.

Earlier, Rajasthan Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal blamed IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi for acting against the state because he recently lost the election in the Rajasthan Cricket Association. "Modi has pulled IPL out of Jaipur. We wanted only two out of six dates rescheduled," he said.