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Champions Trophy: Kolkata not a venue

The "CAB wanted only the later half of the tournament, which meant only the semi-finals and finals," Lalit Modi said.

india Updated: Mar 17, 2006 23:03 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

The Indian cricket board on Friday scrapped Kolkata as a venue for the upcoming Champions Trophy for the local body's "unreasonable" demand that it would host the matches after October 23 and that too only the semi-finals and final.

Addressing the media after a meeting with International Cricket Council (ICC) officials, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice president Lalit Modi said that the board had decided to give an equitable share of the matches to all four venues.

"The CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal) is totally unreasonable," Modi said at the Cricket Club of India.

It was learnt that no CAB official attended Friday's meeting, but the body sent a fax listing its conditions for hosting matches.

"CAB declined to host the matches with the ICC (in October-November). It said it would host the matches post-October 23 (due to the rainy season) and that it was not ready to lose the one match by rotation that the working committee had mandated," Modi said.

BCCI allots bilateral one-day internationals according to its rotation policy, and all venues hosting Champions Trophy matches stand to lose one or two matches when their turn comes.

Modi said the CAB wanted to know the specific matches that were being given to them so that they could decide whether to host them or not.

"In light of that, we have decided that instead of Kolkata another venue would be taken into account. And we will go forward on that basis," he said, noting that a total of nine venues were looked at by ICC.

ICC has said a maximum of four venues can host the Champions Trophy, the most important tournament after the World Cup that is to be held in October-November.

"What we had said was that everybody should get an equitable number of matches, which means that everyone should get one India match," Modi explained.

"CAB wanted only the later half of the tournament, which implied that they only wanted semi-finals and finals."

Modi said if rain was an issue with CAB, the conditions were similar for Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

"They want to host matches but even they can't hold matches because of the rain issue. Only rains gods can decide that, not BCCI," he quipped.

First Published: Mar 17, 2006 22:33 IST