24 Mar 2009

Former Indian great says IPL venue change no disaster

11:06 am on 24 March 2009

The chairman of the Indian Premier Cricket League Lalit Modi is in South Africa now before travelling on to England in an effort to determine the most suitable overseas venue for this year's Twenty20 competition which has been moved from India because of complications caused by their general elections which are also coming up next month.

The decision hasn't gone down well with Indian cricket fans but the former Indian wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer says while the switch is embarrassing it's not a disaster.

He points out that 99 percent of Indians would be watching on television, and although there'll be a relative lack of atmosphere at a venue outside India, it'll still be a big attraction.

The 8-team 59-game competition is due to start on the 10th of April.