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BCCI WC to decide on CWG request for Rs 100-crore grant

Mumbai: The Cricket Board`s Working Committee would take a decision on whether to accede to the request of the Delhi Commonwealth Games organisers for financial help to the tune of Rs 100 crore.

"A letter has been received for financial help in holding the Commonwealth Games. Its up to the Working Committee which meets here on July 31 to take a decision," BCCI sources said today.

The letter to the Board for financial assistance has come from Indian Olympic Association chief Suresh Kalmadi who is also the chairman of the CWG Organising Committee, the sources said.

BCCI and the cash-strapped IOA are not known to share a cordial relationship as the latter had hit out at the Board for either not sending any team or sending a second-string squad for multi-discipline events.

IOA was quick to pounce and decry BCCI for its decision on June 1 not to send a team for the Guangzhou Asian Games in November where T20 cricket is to make its debut.

More recently Board president Shashank Manohar ruled out a change in schedule of the Australian cricket team`s itinerary in India by saying a request to do so had not come to the BCCI from any quarters.

He was reacting to news reports that Kalmadi had approached the Sports Ministry to persuade the Board for changing the Australian tour dates as they clashed with the October 3-14 Commonwealth Games.

Twelve years ago these two sports bodies were at loggerheads when BCCI decided to split the full strength national team and send one squad to the Kuala Lumpur CWG and the other to Toronto for the one-day series against Pakistan.

However, last year the BCCI came to the rescue of the All India Football Federation to assist it in prepararing the Indian squad for the upcoming Asian Cup, for which the team has qualified after almost a quarter century, and granted AIFF Rs 25 crore for this specific purpose.

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