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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have refused to tinker with the Indian Premier League (IPL) schedule to accommodate a request from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The ICC will be holding their annual board meeting in Kolkata from April 22 and 26, and asked the BCCI if it would be possible for them to schedule a home game for the Kolkata Knight Riders during that period.
Even though members of the ICC’s delegation are eager to watch an IPL match, the Knight Riders do not have any home games scheduled during that period.
Furthermore, the BCCI have turned down the ICC’s request of fiddling with the IPL schedule, saying it would cause a lot of problems.
“Yes, there was a specific request from ICC as they wanted it’s various member delegates to watch an IPL game,” a senior BCCI official told PTI as quoted by CricTracker. “However, between April 22 and 26, there are no home games of KKR at the Eden Gardens.
“If we have to reschedule it, the entire itinerary would be in a disarray. So we told them that it’s not possible to have an IPL match rescheduled.”
The 2018 IPL will begin on April 7 with the Mumbai Indians, who are the reigning champions, taking on the Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium.