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HYDERABAD: City-based franchisee Deccan Chargers may not have qualified for the Champions League T-20 (the top three in the IPL from India made it to this event) but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to allot three of the CL T-20 league matches to the city in September this year.Hyderabad will also be hosting the India-England one-day international (ODI) on October 22 as part of the one-day series, according to HCA Secretary D. S. Chalapathi.
“This is great news and the credit goes to Shivlal Yadav. But for his efforts, we don't think we would be given such importance in the Tours & Fixtures Committee decisions,” says Mr. Chalapathi.
For his part, Mr. Yadav says the BCCI decision in this regard is an endorsement of the organisational capability of the HCA.
“We have shown to the cricketing world by providing the best of the facilities both on and off the field by successfully conducting the first-ever Test match at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium when India played New Zealand and also during the one-dayers,” he pointed out.
“Our curator Y. L. Chandrasekhar was quite unlucky to miss out the chance of getting the best curator award for the recent IPL. Thankfully, he was the second-best across the country,” he said.
“We will strive to make the event more spectator-friendly,” Mr. Shivlal said. The BCCI vice-president expressed confidence that when it comes to hosting big matches, the “real team work” will be in place again.
League put off
Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) has stunned many by postponing the league matches by a week.
The decision was taken on Sunday to debate the subject of letting in Hyderabad Bottling (HB), an Institution team which was disaffiliated by it only last week on the grounds that it doesn't exist any more.
HB officials got a court order directing HCA to let the team play in the league pending further proceedings. Despite most members feeling that they should comply with the order, HCA president Arshad Ayub was adamant and refused to accept the verdict.
Postponement of league matches is likely to have a serious bearing on selection of the senior teams for the All India Invitation Tournaments as the required number of matches cannot be completed.
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