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Cricket Association of Bengal aims to cut costs

Expenses related to food and travel, along with advertisement among others likely to be curtailed

Sayak Banerjee Calcutta Published 02.04.20, 07:30 PM
Avishek Dalmiya

Avishek Dalmiya (File picture)

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) will be focusing on cutting down its non-cricketing expenses once the situation normalises post the coronavirus lockdown.

With the third and final India-South Africa ODI at Eden Gardens cancelled and the IPL, too, most unlikely to happen, the CAB could incur financial losses. So, it is working out how to trim costs that don’t really have much to do with cricket.

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It has been learnt that expenses related to food and travel, along with advertisement costs and those related to inauguration of junior tournaments, are likely to be curtailed. The logistical costs of Bengal senior and junior teams going to play practice matches will also be looked into.

Besides, whether participation fees can be taken from teams for invitational tournaments and competitions involving coaching centres will be looked into.

“It’s only rational and proper to reduce non-cricketing expenses because the association is essentially about the running of cricket. So cricket should be given priority,” CAB president Avishek Dalmiya told The Telegraph on Thursday.

“We have to work out other avenues and evaluate in which areas we can afford to reduce, because a rupee saved is a rupee earned.”

From the South Africa ODI, the Eden would have gained around Rs 9-10 crore — Rs 4 crore from ticket sales, Rs 3.5 crore from ground and parapet rights, Rs 1.5 crore as hosting fee and around Rs 50 lakh from miscellaneous advertisements. “We had made Eden Gardens ready, so those expenditures too need to be quantified of the works we had done,” Avishek added.

Once normality is restored, the association’s first priority will be to complete the first and second division league matches. If required, some of those matches could be even be held at district grounds.

The grounds at North and South 24 Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly could stage the matches if the CAB decides to hold them outside the city.

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