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BCCI to pay for fourth venue
April 09, 2006 18:04 IST
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has agreed to pay around USD 200,000 to the International Cricket Council in exchange for increasing the staging centres of this year's Champions Trophy from three to four.
BCCI president Sharad Pawar said BCCI had turned down ICC's demand for payment of USD one million and got it scaled down to around USD 200,000 (approx Rs 90 lakh).
"The charges have been scaled down considerably from the earlier one million to less than 200,000 US dollars to be given to the ICC," he said after a meeting of the working committee in Mumbai on Sunday.
Pawar said BCCI wanted to increase the number of centres, but it was not accepted by the ICC.
"The Board was keen on adding Chennai and Bangalore too but it was not accepted by ICC because of the weather conditions expected in these centres around that time," Pawar said.
"The Cricket Association of Bengal was not interested in organising any matches," he said.
Matches of the premier one-day tournament will be held at four centres -- Cricket Club of India in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Mohali.
BCCI treasurer N Srinivasan said: "it [the amount] is in the final stages of acceptance along with the other minor matter regarding tickets to ICC's sponsors, termed as one of the two points of contention by [ICC president Ehsan] Mani recently in Goa".
The ICC Champions Trophy tournament, to be hosted by India in October-November, will be formally launched on April 27 at a ceremony in New Delhi.