The Indian Premier League will not be played in India. For the countless fans who were looking forward to the tournament the news certainly would come as a disappointment to them. The development has already acquired political overtones with parties taking up the issue to gain political mileage.
This development comes against the backdrop of Mumbai blasts and the terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore. All said and done, it would be tough times for the financiers, owners, broadcasters, and other stakeholders who stand to lose from this development.
What would also be missed would be the enthusiasm and fervor of the fans and packed stadiums which made IPL in its first season a grand success. So, be it England or South Africa, this absence of the domestic flavor and fizz might render the second IPL edition insipid.
One would have to wait and watch as to how things shape up in terms of the schedule and fixtures of matches but one thing for sure, it would be a different IPL with a new flavor this time!
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