Protests could cost Hyderabad Champions League T20
With protests mounting in parts of Andhra Pradesh over Telangana, a cloud of uncertainty hangs over Hyderabad playing host to Champions League T20 games as scheduled.Updated: Aug 05, 2013 00:15 IST
With protests mounting in parts of Andhra Pradesh over Telangana, a cloud of uncertainty hangs over Hyderabad playing host to Champions League T20 games as scheduled.
Hyderabad is slated to host all the six matches of the qualifying phase apart from six matches in the main draw. The event is scheduled from September 17 to October 7.
“As we get closer to the Champions League, we may have to think of options. We are waiting for a directive from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI),” Venkatpathy Raju, Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) vice-president, told HT.
Rajeev Shukla, who chaired the T20 League’s governing council meeting on Sunday, told HT, “There are protests happening in some parts of Hyderabad. We will consult the Hyderabad police and decide on the alternative venues in a couple of weeks.”
A top BCCI official said there would be venues on standby.
“The protests don’t appear to be subsiding anytime soon. With both Telangana and Andhra wanting Hyderabad, it may not be possible to host matches there. We may have to think of options,” he said.