Bengal assembly polls may clash with ICC World T20 final
As per the schedule released by the BCCI, Eden Gardens will host the final of the World Twenty20, which is scheduled from March 11-April 3, 2016.
However an apprehension was raised by the Trinamool MP, Sultan Ahmed, in the CAB's 84th AGM on Monday and the Mohammedan Sporting president requested president Jagmohan Dalmiya to put the matter across to the Election Commission through Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is hopeful that the matter would be sorted out smoothly. "There's election during that time. It's the duty of CAB to look after it. We have some experience people on board and I'm sure everything will be held smoothly," the CAB joint secretary told reporters.
The state elections, which are normally held in five phases, must get over by April to complete the procedures of electing the head of the state by May, when the term of CM Mamata Banerjee gets over.
Eden missed out on hosting even a single India game during the ICC World Cup 2011 and CAB does not want to risk this time as the hallowed stadium will host a final of a global event for the first time since 1987.
Giving credit to BCCI and CAB president Dalmiya for being instrumental in bringing the final to Eden, CAB's another joint secretary Subir Ganguly said they would not leave any stone unturned.
ICC congratulates Scotland, Dutch on winning World T20 Qualifier
The International Cricket Council on Monday congratulated Scotland and the Netherlands for winning the ICC World Twenty20 2015 Qualifier after the final was stopped due to rains. Under the regulations of the tournament, in the event of a no-result in the final, the title is shared. ICC Chief Executive David Richardson, who attended the event congratulated both the teams for qualifying. In addition to those two sides, Ireland, Hong Kong, Afghanistan and Oman have qualified to take part in next year’s ICC World Twenty20 in India.
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