ICC representative inspects Jaipur stadium

Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2006, 5:06 [IST]
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Jaipur: Jaipur's Sawai Mansingh stadium has emerged a leading contender to host ICC Champions Trophy matches following commercial glitches at the venues originally selected for the tournament.

The first step towards finding alternative venues for the event to be held in October-November this year was taken today with the representatives of International Cricket Council (ICC) and Global Cricket Council (GCC) inspecting the stadium.

ICC representative Maqbul Dudhia and GCC official Rick Jamieson inspected the venue, which recently hosted a limited overs match of Sri Lanka series in October, 2005.

Delhi and Mumbai, which were identified alongwith Kolkata by the ICC as centres, have run into trouble as they have pre-existing contracts with various corporates.

As per the host nation agreement of the ICC, venues chosen must be free from ground signages and other sponsorship obligations.

Nagpur, Mohali and Hyderabad are the other centres in the running to host the matches of biennial event.

Rajasthan Cricket Association Secretary Subhash Joshi and former Ranji cricketers Taposh Chatterjee and Shamsher Singh met with the ICC and GCC officials.

"We shall submit our report to ICC and then the final decision will be taken. We will be visiting Nagpur, Mohali, Kolkata and Hyderabad to look at alternative venues," said Dudhia.

Joshi said Jaipur had a better chance of being awarded matches as neither the association nor the venue had any kind of sponsorship contract.


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