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Three Boards are asked to make presentations

Calcutta: South Africa seems the favoured destination for the first half of IPL VII, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also sought a “presentation” from two others — Sri Lanka Cricket and the Emirates Cricket Board.

“Three Boards, including Cricket South Africa, have been asked to make a presentation by March 1. We’d like to be ready with a backup as well,” IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal told The Telegraph on Saturday evening.

The first half has to be held overseas as the Union government has expressed its inability to provide “adequate security” as there will definitely be a clash of dates with the general elections.

As announced, the ‘window’ for the tournament is between April 9-June 3.

“For the first half, we’re looking at a May 10-11 cut off. But we’ll be absolutely clear only when the Election Commission declares the dates for the general elections,” Biswal, who has himself recently been elected to the Rajya Sabha, added.

According to Biswal, the BCCI’s primary concerns are “security” and a “viable” financial arrangement. “We’d like all three Boards to spell out the benefits that will accrue to us. We need to know where we’ll stand,” he said.

It's significant that the Boards of South Africa and Sri Lanka are now toeing India’s line in the International Cricket Council.

The BCCI has already scheduled a working committee meeting on February 28, in Bhubaneswar. One understands that the IPL’s governing council will be “authorised” to decide on the venue for the first four weeks (or thereabouts) of IPL VII.

South Africa, it may be recalled, hosted the entire IPL II, in 2009, owing to the general elections in India.