Knight Riders yet to decide on shifting of matches from Eden Gardens

Amid unconfirmed reports that the Eden Gardens would host all the seven home Indian Premier League games of the Kolkata Knight Riders, the franchise owners Red Chillies Entertainment on Wednesday said it was still not certain about the venues of the matches.

The Cricket Association of Bengal on Tuesday denied shifting of KKR’s matches to Cuttack and Bangladesh with treasurer Subir Ganguly saying that the Eden would host KKR’s all home matches and the dates would be finalised this week.

“We are not losing out on any matches and will host all the seven matches. The franchise is against taking the matches to some other venues. So there’s no question of Cuttack and Bangladesh as the likely venues,” Ganguly had said.

“We will get the confirmation this week after getting the letter. The fixtures, however, will be decided after General Assembly election dates are announced as the organisers don’t want a clash of tournaments,” he had said.

KKR Chief Executive Joy Bhattacharya, however, would not confirm any such development.

“At this moment, nothing is finalised. So I am not able to confirm either way,” he said.

Meanwhile, CAB has got a relief with the IPL Governing Council, headed by Lalit Modi, deciding to shell out Rs 13.5 crore which includes Rs 3.5 crore as last year’s dues.

“We will get Rs 13.5 crore from the IPL Governing Council by this week. From the amount, Rs 10 crore will be for the proceedings from the IPL profits, while Rs 3.5 crore as the budget for last year’s seven matches that Eden hosted at a cost of Rs 50 lakh per match,” Ganguly said.

“There were some issues about overspending by the past administration, but we are happy with what the franchise and IPL body are offering us. The deficit will not hurt much as after all we are getting Rs 10 crore towards the profits,” Ganguly added.

Over the last few months, the past CAB administration under Prasun Mukherjee had been preoccupied with the pending payment issue to the tune of Rs 7.26 crore.

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