Life members could have sued us, says TNCA

TNCA, the host of the third T20I between India and Windies on November 11, held its ground till the CoA accepted its request of sticking to the old formula of preferential distribution.

The M.A. Chidambaram Stadium will be hosting the third T20I between India and West Indies on November 11.   -  S.S. KUMAR

The new BCCI guideline of granting only 10 per cent complimentary tickets to state associations could have turned bitter for the life members of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.

TNCA, the host of the third T20I between India and Windies on November 11, held its ground till the CoA accepted its request of sticking to the old formula of preferential distribution.

Though the deck has been cleared, and the T20I — initially under threat — is on, the association still shudders at the thought of breaching agreements with the members.

“Whatever complimentary tickets we had for life members, donors and club secretaries were removed. The only complimentary passes we could issue was for the people who would serve us, such as the PWD and corporation. It was fine, but then, we realised our members could take the legal route.

“It is mentioned in our agreement that we would give them tickets for international matches,” a TNCA official told Sportstar.

It has been learnt that the life members, at one point, have contributed Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 to the association. “It was at a time when we didn’t have TV rights. When we took the money, we had assured them tickets,” added the official.

After losing the IPL due to the Cauvery dispute, TNCA didn’t want to lose out on an international fixture. “We would have lost public interest as we couldn’t keep the IPL.”