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AP govt asks IPL to reconsider decision
AP Sports Minister K Venkat Reddy termed shifting of IPL matches out of Hyderabad as an "insult" to the state.
And he has urged Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi to reconsider the decision.
"IPL's decision to shift the matches from Hyderabad is wrong. We are requesting Sharad Pawar (former BCCI chief) and Lalit Modi to reconsider the decision. We are requesting to play the allotted matches in Hyderabad," Reddy said.
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"We condemn the move. It is insulting to the big state by taking away all the matches. This is not good. We are giving Modi time to reconsider the decision," Reddy told reporters.
With the Telangana agitation posing serious security concern, the IPL authority on Saturday decided to move all of Chargers' home games to Nagpur and Mumbai.
Reddy also claimed that he has discussed the matter with the franchise, who are also mulling about boycotting the IPL.
"Even today we have talked to Deccan Chargers and also appealed the team to boycott the IPL if they don't reconsider the move. They are also considering such a move," Reddy said.
"The Chief Minister (K Rosaiah) has also requested them (IPL). If they reconsider their decision we can still sit together and decide the matter," Reddy said.
The franchise, however, said they are not considering boycott as an option.
"We don't have any information with us, we don't have any communication from IPL regarding the shifting... but there is no question of boycotting it (IPL)," Chargers CEO E Venkat Reddy told a news channel.
The IPL had earlier moved the opening ceremony out of Hyderabad to Mumbai.
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