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Decision on IPL venue after EC notification: BCCI

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 28: The

The Working Committee of Board of Control of Cricket for India (BCCI) today postponed the decision on alternate venues for the Indian Premier League (IPL) Season 7 till after the Election Commission’s announcement of the dates for the next general elections.BCCI

Briefing reporters after the meeting, BCCI President N Srinivasan said; “At its meeting today, the Working Committee decided to wait for the Election Commission notification on the general elections.”

The BCCI is keen to have at least two alternate venues ready for the event, which could clash with the elections like it did in its third season in 2009.

Though the Working Commitee failed to take a decision on the matter, it did shortlist three countries as possible alternatives.

“IPL Chairman Mr Ranjib Biswal informed the Working Committee that South Africa, Bangladesh and United Arab Emirates (UAE) have expressed their support and interest in hosting the IPL 7,” Srinivasan said.

Replying to the questions from media persons about a possible change of Team India coach, the BCCI president said there was no discussion on the issue and the present coach would be persisted with for now.

He also said that the BCCI would take a decision on the report of its special committee on according permanent Test venue status to Barabati stadium in Cuttack soon.

Replying to the questions from media persons about a possible change of Team India coach, the BCCI president said there was no discussion on the issue and the present coach would be persisted with for now.

He also said that the BCCI would take a decision on the report of its special committee on according permanent Test venue status to Barabati stadium in Cuttack soon.

Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) secretary Asirbad Behera, however, was emphatic that Barabati would get permanent Test venue status soon.

“Though a formal announcement will be made only later, the Working Committee has accepted the recommendations of the three-member committee. I am confident that Barabati will host a Test match in Cuttack in 2015,” he said.

A three-member special committee of the Board, it may be noted, had visited Barabati stadium yesterday and was satisfied with the existing infrastructure facilities for holding Test matches.

The OCA boss said the committee members were ‘fully satisfied’ with the facilities and had accepted the OCA contention on the only issue that was proving to be a stumbling block: the distance from Bhubaneswar where the teams will stay.

“With the new four-lane road, it takes just 45 minutes to reach the venue from the hotel in Bhubaneswar. At several other venues, it takes up to an hour for the same. So, there is no problem on that front,” Behera said.

Biswal later told media persons that adequate steps had been taken to ensure that IPL 7 is not mired in allegations of match or spot fixing like the previous edition was.

“We have put the anti corruption unit of the IPL on the job. It will be monitoring every match very closely. All necessary steps are being taken to ensure that there is nothing fishy.  We have talked to the players and the franchisees and warned them about the kind the people they should stay away from. I am confident that IPL 7 will be a clean affair,” Biswal said.

Expressing concern that India does not have an umpire empanelled by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the working meeting decided to take up the capacity building training of the umpires presently officiating domestic tournaments.

It was decided that an umpires’ academy would be set up at the zone level to test the aptitude of the umpires. Regular examinations would be held in which the selected umpires would be elevated to level-1 and level-II.