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India vs Windies: Indore ODI likely to be shifted

As per the new constitution of the BCCI, 90 percent of the tickets should be put on public sale.

Holkar Cricket Stadium
Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Windies tour of India for a Test, ODI, and T20I series has already got underway with the match between the visitors and the Board President’s eleven. The first Test is scheduled to be played from October 4 at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. The five-match ODI series will start on October 21. In the meantime, an issue surrounding hosting the second match in Indore has developed.

The match could be shifted out of the Holkar Stadium owing to a tussle between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA). As per the new constitution of the BCCI, 90 percent of the tickets should be put on public sale, which means approximately 2,700 out of the 27,000 tickets will be complementary.

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We cannot accept BCCI’s demand for hospitality tickets

However, the BCCI is asking for free passes for the sponsors, which has irked the MPCA. Milind Kanmadika, the joint secretary of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association didn’t mince any words in saying that the world’s richest cricket board needs to back out from their demands in order for the match to take place in Indore.

“The managing committee of MPCA has decided that it is not possible to organise the second ODI between India and West Indies in Indore if BCCI doesn’t back down from its demand of complimentary tickets. We have intimated BCCI.

We cannot accept BCCI’s demand for hospitality tickets. We have only 7000 seats in the pavilion (hospitality) gallery and going by 10 percent, we would be left with only 700 seats. Now if we give five percent of that, we are left with only 350 hospitality tickets,” Kanmadikar was quoted as saying in The New Indian Express.

“Even we have to cater demands of our members, various government agencies. We also have only 10 percent complimentaries in our state unit’s constitution but from that, we can give the amount (five percent from each gallery) BCCI wants,” he added.

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