A cloud of doubt has been cast as a result of disagreement

Doubts over Chennai hosting the T20 World Cup
news Chennai Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 11:57

The city of Chennai risks losing the opportunity to be one of the eight hosts of the upcoming T20 World Cup to be held between March-April 2016.

 A cloud of doubt has been cast as a result of disagreement between the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) and Chennai Corporation regarding the availability of three (I, J and K) stands.

 The stands in question were built just prior to World Cup 2011 and do not apparently comply with the Chennai Corporation rules regarding spaces between the three stands and the Madras Cricket Club.

 Prior to the International Cricket Council (ICC’s) ultimatum, the BCCI had planned to host matches involving smaller teams in the stadium if those three stands were made available.

 But the ICC has made it clear that it won’t allow matches with locked stands.

 ESPNcricinfo reports that ICC has sent two schedules for approval including one without Chennai as a venue.

 The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to reply to the ICC regarding the matter on Tuesday

.Anurag Thakur, the BCCI secretary who is part of the management committee for the tournament, said Chennai was not "ruled out", the board was still awaiting the completion certificates from the TNCA.

 However, TNCA secretary Kasi Viswanathan said that the association hasn't received any communication from BCCI on the matter.