New Delhi: Indian Premier League (IPL) is what someone can call a success story of cricket. IPL has completed its 10 years but has still not lost its sheen - rather it has increased over time. It does not come as a surprise that high-level delegates of International Cricket Council (ICC) wanted some action of the cash-rich league on the sidelines of their meeting scheduled in Kolkata. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has turned down ICC's request of rescheduling an IPL match in Kolkata during its Annual board meeting from April 22-26.
It's after a long time that ICC is having its high-profile meeting in Kolkata and since it is overlapping with the cash-rich league, world body wanted BCCI to ensure that its members could at least watch a home match of Kolkata Knight Riders. "Yes, there was a specific request from ICC as they wanted its various member delegates to watch an IPL game. However, between April 22 and 26, there are no home games of KKR at the Eden Gardens," a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity. (IPL: When Sourav Ganguly picked Kolkata Knight Riders’ playing XI after consulting Shah Rukh Khan)
KKR is playing a home match on April 16 and their next home game is on May 3. Between April 22 to 26, matches will be held in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Indore, Bangalore and Jaipur.
"If we have to reschedule it, the entire itinerary would be in a disarray. So we told them that it's not possible to have an IPL match rescheduled," the official added.
Meanwhile, it was also known that uncertainty looms large over PCB chairman Najam Sethi's attendance. The meeting is being held in Kolkata and not in Mumbai specifically to avoid any political protest over PCB delegate attending a meeting in India. However, Sethi may end up not getting the Indian visa in prevailing volatile situation.
"If Sethi doesn't get visa it might well be an indicator of the chances of the Pakistan team procuring visa during the Asia Cup in September," the official said.