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Blasts cast shadow over Jaipur match

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A spate of explosions in Jaipur, killing at least 60 people, has cast a shadow over Saturday’s IPL match in the city between the Rajasthan Royals and the Bangalore Royal Challengers. The match looks likely to be shifted out of Jaipur, with Bangalore offering to host the game at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

“We have conveyed our decision to the IPL council,” Martin Crowe, Bangalore’s chief cricket officer, told Cricinfo from Chandigarh, where the team is currently staying. “The franchises are discussing the issue. A final decision will be made tomorrow. We are going to Delhi tomorrow and will probably head over to Bangalore after a night’s stay in Delhi.”

However, Fraser Castellino, the CEO of the Jaipur franchise, said he had not heard of this development and didn’t want to comment on the possibility. Bangalore have already hosted Rajasthan in the tournament - on April 26 - in a game that the visitors won by a comfortable margin.

Meanwhile, IPL commissioner Lalit Modi has promised extra security and ruled out a change of schedule “as of now”. “We are concerned but the matches are going to continue and we have full confidence in the state govt,” he told Indian news channel NDTV. “We have no plans as of now to change the schedule. We will provide them additional cover and make sure everyone is protected.”

At least five major blasts rocked Jaipur, the base of the Rajasthan Royals, with the death and injury toll on the rise. The Rajasthan team hasn’t been affected: most of the players are currently holidaying in Goa and the others have gone back to their respective homes.

Source:Cricket News

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