Hyderabad in doubt of hosting CLT20 matches after protests break out

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The CLT20 governing council are considering moving the matches to alternative venues

The Indian city of Hyderabad is in danger of losing the privilege of hosting the six qualifying and six main matches of the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) in September due to protests erupting over the state of Andhra Pradesh being split into two, with the new area being named Telangana.

Speaking about the situation, Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) vice-president Venkatpathy Raju told the Hindustan Times: “As we get closer to the Champions League, we may have to think of options. We are waiting for a directive from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).”

Former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajiv Shukla, who chaired a recent CLT20 governing council meeting, noted that he was still considering whether to relocate the matches to alternative venues.

“There are protests happening in some parts of Hyderabad,” he told the Hindustan Times. “We will consult the Hyderabad police and decide on the alternative venues in a couple of weeks.”

A top BCCI official confirmed that venues will be kept ready on standby in case the CLT20 governing council decide to move the matches elsewhere.

“The protests don’t appear to be subsiding anytime soon,” he said. “With both Telangana and Andhra wanting Hyderabad, it may not be possible to host matches there. We may have to think of options.”

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