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CAB President Abhishek Dalmia has said that he has spoken directly to BCCI President Ganguly on the matter. (File photo: Jai Shah and Sourav Ganguly)
Controversy has started over England’s tour of India. The cricket associations of other states have been angered by Gujarat’s Motera Stadium being awarded 7, Pune 3 and Chennai 2 matches. The home state of Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly raised questions about the venue of the series.
They have said that they are surprised by this decision. Let us know that England have to play 4 Tests, 5 T20s and 3 ODIs on the tour of India. The first match between England and India will be played on 5 February.
Unhappy with MCA and CAB board’s decision
The Mumbai Cricket Association said that they were unhappy with the Board ignoring their stadium. At the same time, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Abhishek Dalmia said that he has spoken directly to Ganguly on the matter. Member of MCA Executive Committee Nadeem Memon has questioned MCA President Vijay Patil on behalf of his panel members for not getting a single match to Mumbai.
Memon cited BCCI President Sourav Ganguly’s statement
Memon also cited Ganguly’s statement on 28 September. He said that Ganguly made statements only after signing the MoU with the England Cricket Board that Mumbai and Kolkata could get to host the match between England and India. Ganguly had said that due to Corona all matches will be played in bio-bubble. Despite this, Mumbai and Kolkata did not get matches.
What did Ganguly say after signing the MoU?
Actually, after signing the MoU, Ganguly said, ‘Our stadium in Mumbai also has a system of bio-secure bubble. Whether it is Brabourne Stadium or Wankhede Stadium or D.Y Patil Stadium, we have a bio bubble arrangement. We also have a great stadium like Eden Gardens. We want to make cricket in India itself.
Memon asked MCA President questions
Memon said that CAB President Abhishek Dalmia had told him that Kolkata could get a match. This is because the ODI against South Africa was canceled in March this year. Speaking on behalf of the panel members, Menon has directly questioned MCA President Vijay Patil to tell the panel why MCA has not been hosted for the last 4 years.
Many more boards unhappy apart from CAB and MCA
Apart from the CAB and MCA, several other associations have raised questions about hosting the Maharashtra Cricket Association headquarters Pune and asked whether it should be linked to the BCCI elections to be held on December 24.
Many boards worry about worsening financial situation
The association also worries that if they do not get to host matches for long, their financial condition will deteriorate. Because the board gives Rs 2.5 crore to the association for a test, Rs 1.5 crore for an ODI and the same amount for a T20.
India-England match to be played in 3 stadiums
The BCCI finalized just 3 Venues for the India tour of England keeping Corona in mind. The first 2 Tests will be played in Chennai. At the same time, the remaining 2 Tests will be played in Ahmedabad. After this, a 5 match T20 series will be played from March 12. The last match of the T20 series will be played on 20 March. At the same time, the ODI series will begin on March 23. The last match of the ODI series will be played on 28 March.