Will it, won’t it be held? Will it be moved outside India? After days of intense speculations, all uncertainties regarding the Indian Premier League Season 2 were finally removed on Friday, March 6, 2009. The IPL will go ahead as scheduled – from April 10 to May 24, with a couple of matches being rescheduled. The venue for the opening match has been shifted from Jaipur to Mumbai.
The IPL series had come under a cloud in the past few days with the dates clashing with the Lok Sabha election dates from April 16 to May 13, and security concerns being raised in the aftermath of the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Pakistan. The 45-day cricket extravaganza involving 60 matches and eight teams is spread over eight cities and will conclude on May 24, 2009.
While the IPL Season 2 is on track, the franchisees are waiting for the announcement of the final schedule. The Government has made it clear that there would be couple of rescheduling of matches that coincided with the election dates of that constituency and was unavoidable.
exchange4media spoke to some of the IPL franchisees to find out what they thought about this latest development.
Mohit Burman, Director, Dabur India, and co-owner of Kings XI, said, “There was no confusion at all about IPL and it will go on as planned. IPL Season 2, I believe, is going to be huge and its viewership will surpass that of last year’s.”
Amrit Mathur, MD, GMR Sports, said, “We are glad that this matter has finally been resolved and all confusions looming in the air have been cleared. As of now, we are waiting for the final schedule to be announced.”
Raghu Iyer, Chief Marketing Officer, Rajasthan Royals, said, “We are all happy here that the IPL will be held as scheduled and are looking forward to winning the second edition as well.”
Venkat Reddy, Vice-President - Operations, Deccan Chargers Sporting Ventures Ltd, noted, “We were always sure that the IPL would be held as per schedule, and it is only those few tournaments that are clashing with the election dates that need to be rescheduled, which can be resolved. There were only misconceptions revolving around the game, but in the end, whatever decision has been taken is good for cricket and we at Deccan Chargers are all ‘go-chargers’.”