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Cricket test for 2010 World Cup

By Piers Edwards
BBC Sport, Johannesburg

South Africa will use the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament as a dry run to test security ahead of next year's World Cup finals.

The IPL is the most lucrative tournament in cricket

The five-week IPL got underway in Cape Town on Saturday.

Shortly after the IPL ends on 24 May, South Africa will also host football's Confederations Cup in June.

"We are ready for both the IPL and the Confederations Cup," said Susan Shabangu, Deputy Minister of Safety and Security.

"In fact, we see the IPL and the Confederations Cup as part of our dry run in preparation for the 2010 World Cup.

"If you talk about a dry run, that's where you want to flex your muscles and see to what extent you are ready for the big event."

The IPL competition was relocated to South Africa after the terror attacks on Sri Lanka's cricketers in Pakistan in March.

The country will host the likes of Brazil, Spain and Italy in the Confederations Cup soon after the cricket tournament.

Yet Mrs Shabangu is already confident the first African nation to host a World Cup finals will manage it without problems, despite the country's reputation for violent crime.

Danny Jordaan
We have the capacity to host all of these events in one calendar year

Danny Jordaan, CEO of 2010 World Cup Organising Committee

"As a country and as the South African police service, we are saying that we will be able to create a safe environment for those coming for the matches and for those coming to stay as tourists in South Africa.

"We are prepared to protect them and make sure they enjoy South Africa without any fatalities."

And the CEO of South Africa's World Cup Organising Committee, Danny Jordaan, says a sport-filled 2009 will prove his nation's ability to stage next year's finals.

"In 2009, we are going to deliver the IPL, the British and Irish Lions tour, the Confederations Cup and many other major events, like the Super 14 rugby and the Tri-Nations," the long-serving football administrator explained.

"We have the capacity to host all of these events in one calendar year and people must not ask us again if we have the capacity to safeguard major events."

South Africa is due to host the 32-team World Cup finals from 11 June-11 July 2010.

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Fifa warns SA World Cup doubters
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Blatter rules out 2010 Cup switch
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