The much hyped Indian Premier League may get heavily re-scheduled or even cancelled due to a variety of reasons. Not only this, some big name players may just decide to skip the tournament citing security concerns. IPL's been hit.
The Indian general elections were announced just a couple of days ago and they will be held over five different phases in April and May. And sure enough, some dates of the IPL season collide with those dates.
Due to the recent events, security is a major issue. Thats why the Indian home minister Mr. P. Chidambaram requested the BCCI to postphone the IPL as they couldn't provide enough security cover for the tournament as most of the attention will be on a safe and fair election.
Even though there are private security firms used by most teams, government security is the chief form of safety that IPL depends upon. So this is a big blow to the organizers.
When asked about this, IPL supremo Mr. Lalit Modi said, "Life doesn't come to a standstill everytime an election is held! The IPL will be held exactly as per schedule. And security will not be compromised with either."
However, it seems the IPL has already submitted an alternate schedule to the government in which the matches are not organized on the days of the election and one day prior. But this may lengthen the schedule and make it abrupt as well. Plus, whether the government will accept it, or continue to push for a complete postphonement is another question.
Thats not the only problem for the IPL either. Some players are starting to raise doubts about security in the whole subcontinent itself, and might even skip the IPL.
If the IPL does get cancelled this time, there will be huge losses for everyone. The BCCI will suffer losses exceeding hundreds of millions of dollars, all the players will lose their golden salaries, the owners who have already started spending on promotional events-deals and more will suffer those losses.
And the sport of cricket, which was looking for some relief from tensions and melancholy, won't get that either.