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Stay on India-Lanka match sought

November 30, 2005 23:34 IST

A petition has been filed in a Chennai court, seeking an interim stay against the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association holding the Test between India and Sri Lanka, to be played from December 2.

The petition also sought a stay on sale of tickets for the match.

Admitting the petition, second assistant city civil court judge I Pandurangan ordered notice to the TNCA and posted the case for hearing on Thursday.

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In his petition, one Suresh Babu of suburban Gummidipoondi contented that the October-December period is when the Northeast monsoon is over peninsular India.

"It is pertinent to point out that the M A Chidambaram stadium, where India-Sri Lanka match is to take place, is located less than 500 metres from the Madras coast line," he said.

The respondent, TNCA, knowing fully well about the pattern of rainfall in India, more particularly Tamil Nadu, has made "it a habit of deliberately hosting the matches in the monsoon season, with the intention to deceive the gullible public after collecting huge sums of money running into crores of rupees and without refunds of the same," he contended.

He said he had purchased a ticket for Rs 1900 during the November 22 India-South Africa one-dayer which was cancelled because of rain.

"On three occasions the respondent held the matches in the season and if it had been held in the non-rainy season, I could have watched the matches."

The petitioner contended that "the association has now proclaimed that it is going to conduct India-Sri Lanka Test match from December 2 to 6 despite the warning by the Meteorological Department that there is a low pressure formed over the Bay of Bengal."

This sort of practice of "attempting to deliberately" hold the matches "knowing fully well that the match can't be played is against the objects of Tamil Nadu Society Registration Act," he contended.

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