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Delhi hits ICC Speed breaker

ICC chief Malcolm Speed, in a meeting with BCCI boss Sharad Pawar on Saturday, suggested that Champions Trophy matches (to be held in October-November) be shifted from Delhi and Mumbai to avoid any clash with the ICC?s official sponsors for the event. Delhi cricket authorities responded with a counter-demand. ?If we get more India matches along with a semi-final or final then we can agree,? said an official. ?Otherwise, it?s not worth hosting a tournament where the ICC pockets most of the revenue.?

india Updated: Jan 29, 2006 01:36 IST
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ICC chief Malcolm Speed, in a meeting with BCCI boss Sharad Pawar on Saturday, suggested that Champions Trophy matches (to be held in October-November) be shifted from Delhi and Mumbai to avoid any clash with the ICC’s official sponsors for the event. Delhi cricket authorities responded with a counter-demand. “If we get more India matches along with a semi-final or final then we can agree,” said an official. “Otherwise, it’s not worth hosting a tournament where the ICC pockets most of the revenue.”

Why the controversy? Delhi has sold a lot of stadium space to corporates. ICC wants everything clean for its own sponsors. The only money Delhi will get from the tournament is 30 per cent of the gate receipts. Delhi’s response came after the Pawar-Speed meeting, after which the ICC CEO said: “We want clean venues to host the Champions Trophy.” Though Pawar downplayed any threat to the tournament (“The issues would be resolved soon,” he said), Speed clearly indicated that unless Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata were “free from contractual obligations”, changes in venues would be looked upon as a possible alternative.

First Published: Jan 29, 2006 01:36 IST