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IPL 2018: BCCI quashes reports of ICC demanding to reschedule matches in Kolkata

ICC's high profile meeting will take place on April 26 and 27 in Kolkata.

Rahul Johri, BCCI, CEO, India
Rahul Johri, BCCI, CEO. (Photo by Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has quashed reports that the ICC had requested them to reschedule the matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Kolkata. The high profile meeting of the world cricketing body is set to take place in the City of Gardens on April 26 and April 27. There were reports that some of the ICC delegates wished to watch an IPL game during that period. However, the matter has been shut now with the Indian board dismissing the reports of the same.

There were wide criticism about the ICC members backing the Indian T20 league. The members wanted to witness an IPL match of Kolkata Knight Riders on the days of a meeting. But according to the schedule released, the team wasn’t playing any home games at the Eden Gardens. The reports also claimed that the BCCI had clearly denied the request from the ICC to reschedule the schedule for the purpose.

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“The ICC’s quarterly meeting was held in Dubai on February 8 and 9 where ‘no such request was made by the ICC. Reports carrying such articles are baseless and a work of fiction’,” the top BCCI official was quoted as saying to Sportstar on Tuesday.

Will PCB chief attend the meeting?

There is still a lot of uncertainty if the chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi will attend the meeting. Only to avoid any political interference the meeting was shifted from Mumbai to Kolkata. However, it is unclear if Sethi will get the visa to travel India given the not so good relationship between the two countries.

Though it is being understood that in October 2015, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee got in touch with the top BCCI officials and assured them of all the assistance to hold the future meeting of ICC in Kolkata. Now remains to be seen if Najam Sethi will be able to attend the meeting or not.

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