Chennai could miss out on hosting World T20 matches: Report

Earlier, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said that the board had not ruled out Chennai as WT20 venue.

Last Updated: Nov 24, 2015, 10:35 AM IST
Chennai could miss out on hosting World T20 matches: Report

New Delhi: The MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai could miss out on hosting World T20 matches next year.

According to a report published in ESPN Cricinfo, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has made it clear to the BCCI that if Chennai has to be included as the eighth host city, all the MA Chidambaram Stadium's stands will need to be made available for ticket sales.

The report added that the I, J and K stands at the stadium have been locked by the Chennai Corporation for the last three years over a dispute with the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), which runs part of the ground.

The BCCI is likely to get back to ICC, who has sent the Indian board two schedules, one involving Chennai on the venues roster and one without it.

Earlier, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said that the board had not ruled out Chennai as WT20 venue.

"We held a detailed discussion today. There were certain centres which were given deadlines of August 25 to submit completion reports and we are still waiting for their certificates. Yes, in Chennai there was some problem. We had been keeping it pending," said BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur here today.

He talked to reporters after a BCCI meeting to take stock of the preparations for the mega event commencing on March 11, 2016.

"We have not ruled out Chennai. The only issue is which matches can be played in Chennai. There are certain limitations - can't play Sri Lanka there, three stands are not complete and you can't keep Indian fans away from those stands," said the BCCI secretary.