December 7, 2016
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Virat Kohli Board of Control for Cricket in India

Virat Kohli Board of Control for Cricket in India

Virat Kohli Board of Control for Cricket in India

Virat Kohli Board of Control for Cricket in India



The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has turned down a request from the Mumbai Indians team to play a few friendly matches with two other IPL sides in the US this August. A request was formally sent by the franchise after the end of IPL in May but it is learnt that the BCCI has refused to grant permission. The BCCI officials and members were not immediately available for a comment to explain the reason for their decision but this paper understands that the decision was taken during the Dharamsala conclave last month.

The US, with a high presence of Indian diaspora, is thought off as a lucrative market for Indian cricket and it was one of the reasons for Sachin Tendulkar to hold the All-Star matches in America last November. The original plan was to have a few competitive matches among the three IPL sides and the initiative was taken by the Mumbai Indians team. Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore and MS Dhoni’s Pune Supergiants had formally consented to play if the permission came along.

The Kolkata Knight Riders team was also approached but there was no confirmation if the Shahrukh Khan team had agreed to take part. The matches were scheduled to take place immediately after India’s tour of the West Indies next month. It was suggested that the players would fly from the Caribbean late August to take part in the matches in the US cities like Houston, Miami and New York.

The BCCI, in the past, had suggested that the franchises were free to play matches against associate countries but there was never a decision to allow the franchises to play among themselves. The other big factor would have been the plan to hold day-night Duleep Trophy games with pink ball during late August and early September for which the BCCI wanted all the top players. An American date would have hampered their participation.


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