SA to host IPL

South Africa have been awarded hosting rights to the second edition of the Indian Premier League.

Security concerns due to India’s pending elections meant South Africa and England were up against each other to host the lucrative tournament. After CSA president Gerald Majola and Lalit Modi – chairman and commissioner of the IPL – met today, Modi announced the news.

‘We are very happy to confirm that South Africa will host the 2009 Indian Premier League tournament,’ said Modi.

‘We would like to thank Cricket South Africa very much for the support they have given us over the past few days, which has helped us to come to this decision. The South African public loves T20 cricket and CSA successfully hosted the inaugural ICC World T20,’ he said.

‘Both these factors weighed heavily in South Africa’s favour, and we look forward to a successful and exciting tournament being held at venues throughout South Africa.’

The IPL starts a week later than initially planned on 18 April, with fixtures still to be finalised.

Majola was confident the country could host a successful competition.

‘This is a great compliment to both CSA and our nation, to be shown this confidence in our ability to hold one of the world’s top sporting events at short notice,’ said Majola.

‘The organisers can be assured that they have the full support of our CSA structures and the South African public to stage a successful tournament.

‘This event will strengthen the ties even further between South African and Indian cricket, as well as binding our nations even closer together,’ he said.

‘We are looking forward to hosting some of the world’s best cricketers, and we can assure them they will be provided with the very best facilities to show their skills.’