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Tax sop sought for tsunami appeal match

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NEW DELHI, JAN. 10. The hosting of the second world cricket tsunami appeal match between an ICC World XI and an Asian XI in India will depend on whether the Union Government provides tax exemption for the charity match.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has notified the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) that the host nation would require to give total tax exemption for the match.

The ACC President, Jagmohan Dalmiya, said here on Monday that he wanted to organise the match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in mid-February, but much would depend on his meeting with the Finance Ministry on Tuesday. He had met the Union Sports Minister, Sunil Dutt, in this regard on Monday.

Mr. Dalmiya said that if the tax exemption hurdle was not sorted out in two to three days, Lahore might be considered as the next option.

At a hurriedly convened media conference in the backdrop of the Supreme Court ruling on elections to the Board, Dalmiya said that he felt vindicated following the judgement.

"I have yet to get the copy of the judgement, but I am happy that the Supreme Court has termed right all the decisions I took," Mr. Dalmiya said. "For the last 100 days since the September 29 elections and the following writ petitions, I was in a peculiar position but now we can work towards the good of BCCI," he added.

He said he would wait for the Madras High Court's decision regarding the patron-in-chief issue, as directed by the Supreme Court.

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