TNCA expresses difficulty staging Windies T20I under new complimentary tickets ceiling

Earlier, the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association and the Cricket Association of Bengal too had expressed reservations about hosting matches with just 10 per cent of complimentary tickets at its disposal.

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) on Friday sent a letter to the BCCI stating it would not be possible for them to conduct the third Twenty20 International between India and the West Indies on November 11 if the host association was given only 10 per cent of the complimentary tickets.   -  R. Ragu

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) on Friday sent a letter to the BCCI stating it would not be able to conduct the third Twenty20 International between India and the West Indies on November 11 if the host association was given only 10 per cent of the complimentary tickets.

The BCCI has said as much as 90 per cent of the tickets should be put on public sale.

A TNCA official said to Sportstar, “Yes, we have sent a letter to the BCCI on Friday. It is not possible for us to conduct the match on these terms. If it comes to it, we are prepared to lose the match.”

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He added, “As per court decree we have to hand over around 1100 tickets to the Madras Cricket Club which is also housed in the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium. Then we have to give tickets to life members, patrons, and more than 180 TNCA affiliated clubs.”

The official said, “Then there are so many arms of the government, including the police and the corporation. We have to get more than 10 clearances for the match, including for fire, public resort, and stability. All these agencies expect more complimentary tickets from us than last time.”

He said, “Even from this 10 per cent of complimentary tickets, the host association is expected to give five per cent to the BCCI.  We are left with virtually nothing.”

The official said the stadium capacity was limited too with three stands, ‘I’, `J’ and `K’ still closed down. “We have only 24,000 seats available. It is very difficult for us.”

Earlier, the second ODI, on October 24, had to be shifted from Indore to Visakhapatam after the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association informed the BCCI that it would not be able to stage the match under the new ceiling for complimentary tickets.

Cricket Association of Bengal too had expressed reservations about hosting the first Twenty20 International match on November 4 with just 10 per cent of complimentary tickets at its disposal.

The BCCI has indicated that it has alternate venues in place.