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Last Updated: Monday March 23 2009 19:50 GMT

England could host IPL tournament

AB de Villiers has an IPL deal

The Indian Premier League cricket tournament could be held in England this year.

The event, which is due to take place next month, is being moved from India because of security concerns as it clashes with the country's elections.

Indian Premier League (IPL) officials are visiting England and South Africa before they decide where it should be held.

But it's thought the IPL chairman wants South Africa to stage the tournament.

Lalit Modi said he had no choice but to move the event, because India's government could not guarantee there would be enough security, with the national elections happening at the same time.

Modi has already arrived in South Africa to see if it would be a good venue, and plans to visit England in the next 24 hours.

Competition

The Twenty20 competition is due to start in 18 days and will run from 10 April to 24 May.

There will be 59 matches, 12 teams and players from a host of countries.