• 7 IPL matches in Ahmedabad!
     March 18th, 2009     admin     Posted in Development

    Not two, not four, Ahmedabad has got seven Indian Premier league (IPL) matches. Ahmedabad Mirror was the first to report about the city hosting four or more IPL matches (Amdavad may get four IPL matches, March 10).

    On Tuesday, the IPL organising committee sent an e-mail to the Gujarat Cricket Assocation (GCA), inviting them to host seven matches, mostly involving Rajasthan Royals, under whose catchment area comes Ahmedabad.

    The IPL matches in the city will take place on April 11, April 13, April 17, May 6, May 9, May 10 and May 13.

    This “miracle,” as GCA president Narhari Amin put it, came about after the Rajasthan government expressed its reluctance to provide security for the IPL ties because of Lok Sabha elections.

    New Delhi, Jaipur and Visakhapatanam have been dropped as venues in the latest revised schedule for the second edition of the Indian Premier League which is still awaiting the green signal from the Home Ministry.

    Gujarat has no problems hosting the matches as elections in the state will take place on April 30.

    Said Amin, who was in Delhi on Tuesday, “I had a lengthy meeting with Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. He told me that the IPL coming to Gujarat was a wonderful thing and has personally assured me complete security. We are ready for the seven matches offered to Ahmedabad.”

    The GCA officials said Ahmedabad will not just be hosting matches involving Rajasthan Royals. “The governments of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have expressed deep reservations over IPL. There are good chances of Bangalore Royal Challengers and Chennai Super Kings shifting some of their matches here,” said a GCA official.