Sunday, April 18, 2010

IPL News : IPL semis shifted to Navi Mumbai after Bangalore blasts

A day after two low-intensity bomb blasts took place near the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore minutes before the match, the Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council on Sunday decided to shift two semifinal matches from the city to Navi Mumbai. 

After Saturday's blasts, two more explosives were found on Sunday, causing serious concern among the organisers and the police.

IPL chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi said the governing council was not ready to take any chances and they wanted to ensure the safety of players and spectators.

The matches will take place on Wednesday and Thursday at the D.Y. Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai.  

Sunanda Pushkar gives up her stake in Kochi IPL team :

 Dubai-based Sunanda Pushkar on Sunday gave up her stake in the IPL Kochi franchise amid a row involving her friend and minister of state for external affairs Shashi Tharoor.

Her lawyer Ashish Mehta read out a statement saying Pushkar had on her own surrendered the sweat equity offered to her by Rendezvous Sports World, a member of the consortium that won the Kochi Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise.

 Kochi issue would be resolved soon: Modi

IPL commissioner Lalit Modi on Sunday exuded confidence of resolving the controversy over ownership of Kochi franchise saying he had no personal issue either with the team owners or minister of state for external affairs Shashi Tharoor.

Modi, who is in Dubai to attend the International Cricket Council's (ICC) quarterly meeting on behalf of BCCI president Shashank Manohar, said "Kochi issue would be resolved. I am confident the Kochi team will continue and contribute to the success of IPL."

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