Mani thanks government for granting tax exemption

Published: Monday, July 11, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ehsan Mani has hailed the Indian government's decision to grant tax exemption for the Champions Trophy.

"The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) and the ICC worked very closely to obtain the tax exemption," said Mani while speaking to Agencies.

"It would have been unfortunate, to say the least, if India had not been able to host the Champions Trophy. I am very grateful to the Prime Minister of India for personally intervening in this matter; this demonstrates the importance of cricket to the people of India."

The Champions Trophy is scheduled to be held in India in 2006, and Indian officials are also contemplating a bid for the 2011 World Cup, possibly in conjunction with the three other Test-playing nations in the region.

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