IPL matches will not go out of Kolkata: Mukherjee

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Kolkata, Feb 16 (UNI) Allaying fears that the IPL matches could be taken away from the Eden Gardens, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Prasun Mukherjee said he was sure everything will be sorted out in the two meetings slated next week as no one wanted to deny the people from such a cricket feast.

''The whole thing will be sorted out. No one wants the games to go out of Kolkata. There are eight centres and everyone hosts, our people will not lose out on the cricket extravagenza,'' Prasun Mukherjee told UNI here today.

''And if at all there is a problem the game will be shifted to one of the four reserve venues and the people who are raising problems now will be responsible in denying the people of Kolkata and Eastern India a superlative cricket tournament,'' Mukherjee said.

The CAB has called for a working committee meeting on Monday and a special general meeting on February 26 to iron out the differences withing the state body, if any.

IPL commissioner and chairman Lalit Modi has reportedly threatened the CAB with withdrawing the Kolkata team and bringing it to Ahmedabad if it did not adhere to the rules and regulations of the League, set to roll in April this year.

In a tough response to Prasun Mukherjee, Modi said, ''We cannot and will not allow one city to derail the whole process.'' The terse response came after Mukherjee had put forward certain queries,''There are three groups of people who are getting adversely affected, as far as distribution of tickets are concerned. Clubs, which as members were entitled to a certain quota of club house tickets, complimentary tickets and priced tickets (which they used to buy); the 31,000 associate members, honorary members and life members, who used to get complimentary tickets, as per CAB rules; and companies, with whom CAB has contracts for boxes, have the impression that they are entitled to their boxes during all major matches at the Eden Gardens. They are not going to get their boxes.

''They don't understand that the BCCI is not responsible for IPL.

BCCI is just a facilitator and so are we, being members of the parent body. The companies which own the teams are responsible for the games and they are sharing 20 per cent tickets against all categories with us. Besides, they will give us Rs ten crores and the money will obviously filter down to the member clubs,'' he explained.

''People cannot miss out the bigger picture which is welfare of cricket, giving the fans and spectators a chance to see their icons play. If there is a real big problem and Sourav Ganguly who is getting ready to lead his side as to go and play elsewhere, it will be a shame for CAB,'' he said.

The four reserve centres are Kanpur, Ahmedabad, Cuttack and Gwalior.


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