New Delhi: On the day of official announcement of the 2016 ICC Twenty20 World Cup schedule, it's revealed that the matches to be played at the historic Chepauk stadium in Chennai will not be televised due to the closed stands.
A report in The Hindu claimed that a Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) official has confirmed to the newspaper that the ICC wasn’t keen on continuing with Chennai as a venue once it was clear that three stands would remain locked during the tournament.
However, the report added, a compromise was reached once it was proposed that the broadcaster would be informed not to televise any games in Chennai.
Chennai has been allotted four matches -- all women's and not involving Indian team -- for the upcoming World Cup which starts from March 8 next year.
The announcement was made at a function in Mumbai on Friday to launch the tournament and announce the fixtures.
A total of 58 matches, including 35 men’s and 23 women’s games, will be played in the 27-day tournament in the Indian cities of Bengaluru, Chennai, Dharamsala, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi.
New Delhi and Mumbai will host the semifinals on March 30 and 31 respectively, while Kolkata will host the finals on April 3.
The women’s semifinals and final will be followed by the men’s knock-out matches. There is a reserve day for the finals.