New Delhi : The MA Chidmabaram Stadium (Chepauk) in all likelihood will get a go-ahead from the BCCI as well as ICC in their bid to host matches of the ICC World T20, scheduled to be played in March-April, 2016. There were couple of reasons for BCCI being wary of giving any matches to Chepauk. Primarily, the three empty stands I, J and K for which the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) has not got clearance certificate as they don’t comply to the norms. According to CMDA (Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority) norms, the gap between two stands should be eight metres, which currently is 5.4 metres. The second reason is that Sri Lankan team cannot play in Chennai. However it has been learnt that the BCCI will not strip Chepauk from the list of venues as they feel that having three empty stands will not be a problem.
“We have now had IPL matches as well as international matches at the Chennai for years with three empty stands. I don’t think three empty stands will stand in the way of Chepauk being not allowed to host the match. There are no ICC norms regarding empty stands,” a senior official close to BCCI president Shashank Manohar told PTI on Tuesday. It was also learnt that the investigations into the ‘Snoopgate’ by the two-member committee of Ajay Shirke and Gokaraju Gangaraju has just started.
“They have just started with their investigations and one of the links of the ‘Snoopgate’ is in the United Kingdom. So the two-member committee will take its own time before coming to a conclusion,” said the source. The BCCI is all set to rake in a rich moolah to the tune of approximately Rs 332 crore for two years after roping in Intex Mobiles and Sanjeev Goenka’s New Rising as the two new teams for the Indian Premier League. BCCI senior official Niranjan Shah, who is also supremo of Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) was ecstatic that Rajkot has an IPL team and how BCCI will be richer after this deal.
Winning Test team gets Rs. 2 crore from Board
New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced a cash award of Rs.2 crore for the Indian team for beating South Africa 3-0 in the just-concluded Test series. India defeated the Proteas by 337 runs in the fourth and final Test to win the series 3-0 at the Ferozeshah Kotla in New Delhi on Monday. Chasing a mammoth target of 481 runs, the visitors were bowled out for 143. India won the first Test by 108 runs at Mohali and the third match by 124 runs in Nagpur. The second match at Bengaluru was rained off. “BCCI announces an award of Rs.2 crore to the Indian Cricket Team for their 3-0 series win against South Africa,” BCCI tweeted on Monday. BCCI’s all top bosses are in the city to attend a governing council meeting of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
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