With the ICC Women’s World Cup just a week away, the BCCI is trying to ensure there are no loose ends. Officials associated with the DRIEMS ground at Cuttack, one of the World Cup venues, had expressed their apprehensions to the Indian board about organising the matches there. First, the Bajrang Dal, protesting the staging of games involving the Pakistani team, had threatened a shutdown. Moreover, substantial work had to be done to make the ground ready in quick time.
The BCCI, however, allayed their fears on Wednesday. It was confirmed that there would not be any change in venues. It is learnt that the Orissa Cricket Association approached the state’s director general of police for more security. The BCCI, on its part, has assured the association of all the logistical and operational assistance. The board has also asked one of its officials — a political heavyweight — to pacify the Bajrang Dal.
Meanwhile, the IPL governing council announced that Delhi Daredevils will play two of their ‘home’ games in Raipur. The ‘home’ games of Rajasthan Royals are also likely to be shifted from Jaipur to Ahmedabad and Rajkot.
The ongoing feud between the Rajasthan Cricket Association and the state’s sports council is perceived as a threat to IPL’s sixth edition.
“IPL has become so popular that a number of state associations want to host the matches. And there are fans all over. Even the franchises have requested to reach the masses in smaller towns,” IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said after the GC meeting at the Cricket Centre here on Wednesday.
There are indications that Sun Risers, IPL’s Hyderabad franchise, are interested in holding a few matches in Visakhapatnam.
On the dispute between Sahara and Mahrashtra Cricket Association, Shukla said, “Right now, it’s strictly between them. Nothing has been brought to the BCCI. Unless the state association complains, we cannot unnecessarily poke our nose into it.”