South Africa to host IPL

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South Africa has edged out England to be named host nation of the 2009 IPL. The decision was made after a meeting between the IPL commissioner, Lalit Modi, and the Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive, Gerald Majola, in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The IPL also announced that a final schedule for the 59 matches and the host venues for the eight franchises will be released shortly.

Cricinfo understands that the IPL's opening ceremony will be held in Cape Town, and that the tournament will commence on April 18, a week later than initially scheduled, and a day after the one-day series between South Africa and Australia ends.. Sources said Johannesburg, Durban, Centurion, Port Elizabeth, East London and Cape Town would be the host venues.

However, it's understood that negotiations between the two boards were not as smooth as it was initially expected with England remaining in contention as an active alternative for hosting the IPL during most of Tuesday afternoon's meeting.


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 There will be a huge turn

 There will be a huge turn out for this even in South Africa. There is a large Indian community there and most South Africans love T20 Cricket. some of the big name South African players will be playing as well.

Should be good.

I dont really know how safe SA will be if the terrorist want to target Cricket.

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Nowhere is safe from

Nowhere is safe from terrorists these days.

Also, it's a bit of a journey for our players to get to I suppose, they could've just nipped over to India. Still, not as bad as for players coming from Newzealand or Australia.

Yeah it shoud be good, South Africans put on a good show for WC 20/20 2007, so they'll will make it a success.

I might even watch a couple of games this year if it's on SKY becasue the time difference is only 1 hour (last year I refused to watch any IPL games)

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