IPL shifting decided by its organizers, not Govt: Chidambaram

NEW DELHI: India’s Home Secretary P Chidambaram has termed the criticism on the government from the IPL officials unnecessary saying that the decision to shift the Indian Premier League to abroad was taken by its organizers themselves and the government made no interference.

Addressing at a press conference in New Delhi, Home Secretary P Chidambaram said that the cricket board’s anti-government statements are unnecessary.

"The IPL is more than a game," Chidambaram told reporters pointedly. "It is a shrewd combination of sport and business. There is no reason to add politics into this combination."

He said that cricket or other sports are completely safe in India and this is not correct to say that the Indian government cannot protect the game or the players. However, only three states had positively responded for holding IPL matches.