The Ministry of Home Affairs has written to the Deccan Chargers saying Andhra police can provide security only after polling is over in the state. The letter states the AP government will only be able to provide security after April 26. Three matches were scheduled previously before April 26.

“We have studied the revised schedule submitted by the IPL organisers and accordingly informed them that there is no objection to the conduct of matches after April 26.”However, matches will not be possible for four days from May 14 when the police will be busy with duties for counting of votes on May 16,” Additional Director General of Police Law and Order AK Khan said.The IPL organisers, Deccan Chargers have agreed to the dates suggested by the police and have accordingly started working out a new schedule, Khan said.

IPL matches are scheduled to be held in Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh this season.”The issue is resolved now. We don’t see any great difficulty in providing security for the cricket matches,” the Additional DGP remarked.The state police had earlier said they would not be in a position to provide security for the IPL T20 matches as they clashed with the general election schedule.

Even the second schedule announced by the IPL organisers was rejected by the police following which the third alternative schedule was worked out, he said.

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