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England’s top-order batsman, Ravi Bopara has said that he will delay his departure to India for the Indian Premier League due to the security issue in the country. Bopara said that he has not yet decided on whether he will go or whether he will give the tournament a miss.

Bopara plays for Kings XI Punjab.

However, the chief commissioner of the tournament, Lalit Modi, said that he had had a talk with Bopara and that there was no truth in the fact that Bopara was pulling out of the IPL.

Bopara said that while he was looking forward to coming to India, the issue was Rig Dickason’s report which had cautioned the players from featuring in the tournament. The report had also said that the terror threat by the extremist elements was a creditable one, and the players need to get further clarity about the security situation in the country.

Earlier, Lalit Modi had lashed out at Ricky Ponting for trying to persuade the Australian cricketers into not going to play in the Indian Premier League. Modi had also said that the players were free to miss out on the tournament, but ran the risk of being dumped out of the tournament from net year onwards.

IPL begins from the 12th of March and will see Dale Steyn go into the tournament as a favourite to end with the Purple Cap – awarded to the top wicket-taker. He shares this position jointly with Muthiah Muralitharan and Sporting Bet offers 7/1 for them to get there. Harbhajan Singh is 8/1 (Sporting Bet) end up as the best bowler of the tournament. Deccan Chargers are said to be favourites to end up as a side to smash most sixes in the tournament (3/1 at William Hill) and why not, given their power-packed line-up in Adam Gilchrist (12/1 at Sporting Bet), Andrew Symonds and Rohit Sharma.

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