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Franchises to have no say on deciding pitches: BCCI
PTI
Chennai, February 06, 2013
First Published: 00:19 IST(6/2/2013)
Last Updated: 00:21 IST(6/2/2013)

The BCCI has instructed the curators of all IPL venues not to bow down to the pressure from the franchises regarding the preparation of wickets for their respective home matches in the sixth edition of the league.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the members of various state associations and their curators with BCCI's top brass.

Orders given
"Clear instructions have been given to the curators that they should prepare sporting wickets and should not listen to requests from the franchises. Franchise owners have also been apprised that they should not put any type of pressure on the curators to prepare wickets of their choice," a member of a state unit said.

"Neither the curators nor the franchises will be allowed to speak to the media on pitch related issues," he added. In 2011,  Shane Warne had made his displeasure known after getting involved in a public spat with a local official over the pitch in Jaipur.

No games in Jaipur
It was decided that Jaipur's Sawai Mansingh Stadium won't hold any matches of IPL 6 due to the impasse between the state's sports council, custodians of the stadium, and the Rajasthan Cricket Association.

Instead Rajasthan Royals home matches will be held in Motera, Ahmedabad and at the newly-built Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.

The Mumbai Cricket Association also asked the BCCI to form a uniform guideline regarding who all can sit in the dug out or enter the playing arena of the stadium apart from the players during IPL games.

This has been done in the wake of the controversy that erupted during last year's IPL when KKR owner Shah Rukh Khan entered the Wankhede Stadium turf and had massive altercations with MCA officials and a security guard.

Kolkata's Eden Gardens will be hosting the inaugural ceremony and the opening match as well as the final game.


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