New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has turned down International Cricket Council (ICC's) request of rescheduling an Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Kolkata during its Annual board meeting in Kolkata from April 22-26.
It's after a long time that ICC is having its high profile meeting in Kolkata and since it is overlapping with the cash-rich league, world body wanted BCCI to ensure that its members could at least watch a home match of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
"Yes, there was a specific request from ICC as they wanted it's various member delegates to watch an IPL game. However between April 22 and 26, there are no home games of KKR at the Eden Gardens," a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
KKR is playing a home match on April 16 and their next home game is on May 3.
Between April 22 to 26, matches will be held in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Indore, Bangalore and Jaipur.
"If we have to reschedule it, the entire itinerary would be in a disarray. So we told them that it's not possible to have an IPL match rescheduled," the official added.
Meanwhile, it was also known that uncertainty looms large over PCB chairman Najam Sethi's attendance.
The meeting is being held in Kolkata and not in Mumbai specifically to avoid any political protest over PCB delegate attending a meeting in India.
However, Sethi may end up not getting the Indian visa in prevailing volatile situation.
"If Sethi doesn't get a visa, it might well be an indicator of the chances of Pakistan team procuring visa during the Asia Cup in September," the official said....