3 states send feedback on new IPL dates

Three states - Karnataka, Maharashtra and AP - sent their feedback to the Home Ministry on the new fixtures, giving a virtual clearance to the event.

updated: March 19, 2009 14:24 IST
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New Delhi:

The prospects of the Indian Premier League taking place next month on Thursday received a shot in the arm with three states - Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh - sending their feedback to the Home Ministry on the new fixtures giving a virtual clearance to the event.

The revised schedule, which was received by the Home Ministry on Tuesday, was subsequently sent to the eight states which are hosting the tournament beginning April 10.

While Maharashtra and Karnataka are understood to have given their clearance, Andhra Pradesh has also given its nod barring one match, official sources said.

Desperate to get the cash-rich league on track, the IPL's top brass has held a series of meetings since Monday and submitted the reworked schedule to the Home Ministry. The new schedule was prepared taking into account the reservations and security constraints of the states hosting the matches.

Union Home Minster P Chidambaram had said on Wednesday that a decision on the fate of the second edition of the IPL will be taken soon after the Ministry received feedback from the concerned state governments on the revised schedule.

The schedule was revised for third time after the Home Ministry had told the organisers that cosmetic changes in the fixture was not acceptable and they would have to finalise the dates in consultation with the state governments.