The Telegraph
Saturday , May 10 , 2014
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Eden seeks 1 play-off match

Calcutta/ New Delhi: The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on Friday said that it would ask for a play-off match which would compensate for the Eden losing out on the Kolkata Knight Riders versus Mumbai Indians tie scheduled on May 14.

An emergent IPL governing council meeting has been called in Mumbai on Saturday after the Chennai Municipal Corporation (CMC) refused to give the No-Objection Certificate to three stands of the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium. The CMC claims that the stands were illegally constructed.

This may force the remaining two home matches and a Qualifier and an Eliminator to be shifted from the Chidambaram Stadium.

The CSK had a home match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) scheduled on May 18, followed by another match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SH) on May 22.

Apart from that, Chepauk would have hosted a Qualifier on May 27 and an Eliminator on May 28. It was learnt that at least two CSK’s home matches could be shifted to Ranchi.

“We have received an official communication from the franchise and an emergent governing council meeting will be held in Mumbai on Saturday to sort out the venue problem due to the Chepauk’s inability to host the matches,” IPL governing council member Subir Ganguly said on Friday.

“Eden cannot host the May 18 match since there’s hardly any time left… So, I will definitely make a pitch for a Qualifier or an Eliminator.

“I am confident of getting one match at least,” Ganguly, who’s also the CAB joint secretary, said.

On Friday, during the Supreme Court hearing, where Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and CMC were the two parties, the judge told both the parties to agree to an amicable settlement.

The decision to shift the Knight Riders-Mumbai Indians game from the Eden to Cuttack was taken after Calcutta police conveyed their inability to provide security, citing the possibility of a repoll in some constituencies of the state on that day.

Ganguly and treasurer Biswarup Dey had two rounds of meetings with senior police officials at Lalbazar on Thursday. Their requests failed to change the stand of the police, who were not willing to take any risk.

The CAB officials had even suggested an alternative date - May 15 - but the police didn't agree.