Brabourne to host Mumbai leg of Champions League
The Cricket Club of India's Brabourne Stadium, instead of the D.Y. Patil Stadium, will be the venue of the Mumbai-leg of the Champions League Twenty20 from December 3 to 10, reports G Krishnan.cricket Updated: Oct 19, 2008 00:42 IST
The Cricket Club of India's Brabourne Stadium, instead of the D.Y. Patil Stadium, will be the venue of the Mumbai-leg of the Champions League Twenty20 from December 3 to 10.
The matches will be held on pitches other than the one that will be used for the December 19-23 Test between Indian and England.
When pointed out the Test would be played at Brabourne nine days after the end of the League and it was the BCCI’s directive to keep venues free of activity 10-15 days before an international match, a senior BCCI official said, “No problem, the Test pitch will not be used for the League.”
A senior CCI official also confirmed having received an intimation from the organisers about staging the League after HT carried the story ‘At least let them know, Mr Modi’ on Friday.
“We have four to six pitches and can conduct the League on them,” said honorary CCI secretary, Milind Rege.
The Champions League board is scheduled to announce the draw in Delhi on October 23. Chennai and Bangalore are the other centres hosting the League games.
Meanwhile, the CCI played a practice match on Saturday on the pitch that has been marked for the Test. “Daljit Singh (chairman, BCCI pitches committee) will visit us soon and give directions on the pitch preparation. We will also finalise the pitches which can be used for the Champions League,” said Rege.