BCCI denies reports on change of IPL 5 final venue

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Published: Saturday, May 12, 2012, 19:44 [IST]
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BCCI denies change of IPL 5 final venue

Chennai, May 12: BCCI President N Srinivasan said there has been no discussions about a move to shift the IPL 5 final from Chennai to an alternate venue to ensure a full house.

"I'm hearing it for the first time from you (the reporters). There is no such discussion," said N Srinivasan.

While most of the stadiums have witnessed capacity crowd, Chennai has been miserable with as many as 12,000 seats left empty due to clearance from the city planning department.

But Srinivasan is not concerned about the loss arising from the three stands.

"See, the whole season is almost over. And I don’t think that is an issue. The loss arising from it is not an issue, because as far as Chennai is concerned, today is the last (league) match," said Srinivasan.

Meanwhile, when asked if the BCCI will allow its players to participate in the Sri Lanka Premier League, Srinivasan replied saying if the Lankans make an offer BCCI would have to examine it. "Last time around, there were specific reasons why the BCCI could not support the tournament. And we informed the Sri Lankan Board in that time.

"This time if there are any proposals made, we will examine it. And we have to be satisfied that doubts and problems we have last time will not continue,” explained the BCCI president.

Explaining on the problem which arose last time around, Srinivasan said, "Primarily, the contract had generally been given. I don’t want to go into the details. But, obviously, we have to examine whether the situation continues."


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