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Controversy hits Rajkot One-day tie

Published: Monday, November 20, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Rajkot: The fifth One-day International match between the touring Zimbabawe and India to be played at Rajkot on the December 14 is in jeopardy following a controversy between the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) and Rajkot Municipal Corporation about the payment of gate money in advance.Municipal Commissionar J P Gupta has demanded the 15 per cent gate money in advance and his view was echoed by new mayor of the city Ashok Danger also. The ground belongs to the Municipal Corporation and when the SCA went to take the ground on rent, the Commissioner served notice to SCA to pay Rs 17 lakh in form of gate money.Mr Ashok Danger said, "Rajkot is facing severe and critical water crisis this year and the Corporation is certainly short of money. The SCA is making plenty of money from the match, so I don't see any harm if we demand the gate money in advance. Besides we also spend a lot of money on the maintenance of the ground around the year."Both he and the Commissioner are adamant that the SCA should pay the money in advance. On the other hand, SCA secretary Niranjan Shah has written a letter to the mayor urging him not to take such a stand and allow the match to be played on the ground. Mr Shah has contended that Rajkot will be witness to a One-day match once again and that too between two talented sides."We have put this ground on the international map by hosting six One-day Internationals though it did not possess the required facilities as suggested by the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) the guidelines. it is really surprising and shocking to hear the Commissioner demanding the 15 per cent money in advance as it never happened before."Mr Shah said that even the Gujarat government had waived the entertainment tax on tickets and matches so far had been conducted smoothly with the co-operation of all concerned. "Even we have spent a lot of money on this stadium and its pavilion, which was renovated during the last One-day International match between New Zealand and India last year. We also prepared a new wicket last year," he added.What would be the final decision or outcome is difficult to predict, but right now the match is in jeopardy

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