CAB miffed, disappointed on being stripped

Published: Sunday, March 19, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Yesterday reacted sharply to BCCI's decision of stripping Eden Gardens as a venue for Champions' Trophy and said the Working Committee will decide whether a protest letter would be sent.

Talking to the reporters CAB Secretary Saradindu Pal said, ''Eden Gardens and the people of Bengal have fallen victim to BCCI's petty politics. The CAB working committee will meet soon and decide whether to sent a protest letter to BCCI.''

''We don't want to wage a war against the parent body but the fact that we have wanted only the big games is a wrong interpretation to our letter. We said that monsoon lingers till the second week of October so it will be easy for us to hold matches after October 23,'' he said.

''We never wanted specific matches,'' he said.

''Moreover, we also protested the rule that the matches would be allotted under rotation policy and those allotted this Trophy will be devoid of matches in 2007 that includes the India-Australia series.

The Champions' Trophy is a showcase event and a biennial affair. Its a one-off case and should not have any relation to the rotation policy,'' he said.

''We are extremely aggrieved by the decisions and cant help thinking that a majestic stadium that hold one lakh people will not get any match. It will also tell on BCCI coffers,'' he said.

The BCCI has also decided to sent a congratulation to Skipper Rahul Dravid on completing 100 Tests and for his selfless contribution to the game in the country.

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