The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) defended the decision to host all Maharaja Trophy KSCA T20 tournament matches at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
Asked why districts outside Bengaluru were denied the chance to host matches, B.K. Sampath Kumar, KSCA Vice President and Chairman, Maharaja Trophy KSCA T20, said, “Rain is expected during the tournament, so the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium (equipped with the SubAir drainage system) is the best option. Even during the IPL, we were able to get full 20-over matches here despite heavy rain.”
“Apart from this, there were logistic reasons to host all matches in Bengaluru. The host broadcaster (Star Sports Network) also wanted matches to be held here,” Sampath said.
Sampath spoke at the trophy unveiling ceremony of the tournament held at the KSCA in Bengaluru on Thursday. He was joined on stage by former India cricketer and KSCA President Raghuram Bhat, former India batter and chief guest Gundappa Viswanath, and KSCA Hon. Joint Secretary Shahvir Tarapore.
A few years ago, the tournament - then known as the Karnataka Premier League - was plagued by betting allegations.
Sampath stated that the BCCI’s Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) will oversee proceedings to ensure a clean tournament. “Six members of the ACU will be here during the tournament. We want to ensure that no disrepute is brought to the tournament, players or the KSCA,” Sampath said.
Viswanath also called on players to adhere to the ACU’s rules of good conduct.
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