BCCI Responds To ‘Political Interference’ Accusation Over World Cup Venues


Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) vp Rajeev Shukla stated numerous centres and zones have been accommodated within the recently-released ICC Cricket World Cup schedule and Mohali, Punjab not getting a single match within the match is as a result of the present stadium in Mohali didn’t meet the requirements of ICC, whose consent is extraordinarily essential in finalising the venues for the match. Shukla’s assertion comes after Punjab Sports activities Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer had raised objections to the exclusion of Mohali from the WC schedule.

“The exclusion of Punjab’s Mohali from the listing of host cities for the match was on account of political interference. Punjab authorities will increase this concern with BCCI,” Hayer had stated.

Shukla stated that this time 12 venues have been chosen for the mega cricketing occasion, one thing which has not occurred earlier than.

“For the primary time, 12 venues have been chosen for World Cup. Earlier, these many venues weren’t chosen in earlier World Cups. Out of those 12 venues, warm-up matches shall be held in Trivandrum and Guwahati, remaining venues may have league matches. Extra centres have been accommodated.

From South Zone 4 venues, from central zone one venue, West Zone two, North Zone two venues. Delhi and Dharamshala will host the matches (In North Zone),” stated Shukla in an unique interview with ANI.

Shukla stated that bilateral sequence matches shall be given to Mohali and there shall be no discrimination.

“Virat Kohli’s one centesimal Check final yr was given to Mohali. Mullanpur Stadium is preparing in Mohali. Had it been prepared, they might have gotten a World Cup match. The present stadium in Mohali didn’t meet the requirements of ICC and therefore was denied matches. However that doesn’t matches wouldn’t be given to them. Bilateral sequence matches shall be given to them, it’s primarily based on a rotational system. No ‘choose and selecting’ has been achieved. ICC’s consent is essential in finalising the venues. In Trivandrum, warm-up matches have been given, for the primary time. It’s not that any centre/zone has been ignored. Stadiums have been chosen after numerous consideration, even in North East Zone, Guwahati acquired the matches. A variety of lodging has been achieved within the schedule,” he added.

On the World Cup schedule, Shukla stated that new venues have been added this time round.

“Lucknow has been added. Uttar Pradesh by no means acquired an opportunity to host a World Cup match. Guwahati has been given an opportunity. Many venues from the South have been added. A good quantity of consideration was given earlier than venues had been finalised. ICC has to approve these venues. It’s not purely in our arms. All these elevating objections ought to realise that we want consent from ICC to select up these venues,” he stated.

Shukla on a concluding notice stated that the World Cup shall be profitable and result in revival of the ODI format on a worldwide stage.

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