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Next month's Indian Premier League is still racked with uncertainty after the Indian government rejected the revised schedule submitted by IPL organisers because of ongoing security doubts.

The clash of dates between the IPL and India's national elections has caused the ministry of home affairs to request further itinerary changes after representatives of several Indian states insisted that they could not satisfy security requirements.

"Rationally we are looking at reworking a new schedule," admitted Dhiraj Malhotra, the IPL tournament director. Further discussions are expected this weekend.

A further delay will only increase tension among non-Indian players, such as the high-profile England pair Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff, that the IPL can take place with all their safety concerns answered. They will be particularly concerned about whether cricket security would automatically be reduced if it had to be shifted to election trouble spots.

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