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Setback for IPL as Maharashtra, AP backtrack

Setback for IPL as Maharashtra, AP backtrack

The fate of the Indian Premier League should be decided in the next 24 hours.

Mumbai: The fate of the Indian Premier League should be decided in the next 24 hours. An emergency meeting of the BCCI will be held on Sunday and sources say they will take a make or break decision.

BCCI sources have told CNN-IBN that Congress Chief Ministers are creating problems in staging the IPL.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has refused to give the final clearance for holding the IPL in the state. The Home Minister of the state, Jayant Patil, had earlier given a go-ahead to the Twenty20 tournament.

BCCI sources further state that the Andhra Pradesh government has also backtracked after giving the green signal to the event.

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first published:March 21, 2009, 17:09 IST