BCCI turns down ICC's request of rescheduling IPL matches
The BCCI has turned down ICC's request of rescheduling the Indian Premier League's matches during April 22-26, 2018. The ICC is scheduled to hold its Annual General Meeting in Kolkata during the same period. The cricket's governing body wanted Kolkata Knight Riders' match to be held in the 'City of Joy' during those days, but the BCCI denied the plea.
Why did the ICC request a reschedule?
The ICC selected Kolkata as the place to hold its Annual General Meeting in April and wanted to have a view of an IPL encounter. With Kolkata Knight Riders being the franchise from the city, watching them play at the historic Eden Gardens, could have served as a perfect ploy. But unfortunately, the ICC board will not have its desires fulfilled.
BCCI's reason behind the snub
The Knight Riders don't have a match scheduled in Kolkata during April 22-26 window and the BCCI has cited that there will not be any change in the schedule. The boards officials have stated that they cannot risk the entire itinerary of the cash-rich league by rescheduling KKR's match. The board has already conveyed the message to the ICC of not making any changes.
The schedule dilemma
The team from Kolkata doesn't have a home game from April 17 to May 3. During April 22-26, matches are scheduled at Hyderabad, Indore, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Jaipur. If ICC wants to watch a match, they will need to travel to Delhi on April 27.