Will Eden lose IPL?

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/i/iplcricket.jpg' class='caption'> Franchise's joint-owner Jay Mehta and the team visited Kolkata and dropped in at Dalmiya's office discussing matters related to the second edition of IPL.

Updated: December 22, 2008 16:56 IST
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Amid speculation that Eden Gardens might lose Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in the second edition in the wake of pending issue of accounts settlement for the inaugural edition, a five-member team from Kolkata Knight Riders visited Barabati Stadium and checked few hotels in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.

Led by the franchise's joint-owner Jay Mehta, the team visited the twin-city on Sunday and while returning dropped in at Jagmohan Dalmiya's office discussing matters related to the second edition of IPL.

"They are quite satisfied with the stadium and facilities at Barabati as they checked the entire stadium, media box, spending about five hours here. In the morning they saw three four posh hotels in Bhubaneswar as, according to them, their requirement is 300 occupancy," Orissa Cricket Association secretary Ashirbad Behera said.

Dalmiya, however, dismissed any such speculation, reiterating that Eden is staying put as the hosts. Behera said that OCA is hopeful of getting few matches here.

"Their response seemed positive, though they did not tell us anything. However, we are pressing for matches here as we have excellent facilities. Moreover, we are suggesting an IPL team from Orissa as we have very good talents," he added.

The CAB is demanding its due (Rs 7.26 crores) from Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment, which owns the Kolkata team, and they have apparently refused to reimburse the amount, putting the new administration led by Dalmiya in a quandry.

"They are looking for catchment areas in each zone. Perhaps in East they have chosen Bhubaneswar so they went for a recce. In this way, they will distribute the matches among the venues so that there won't be much pressure on one stadium," Dalmiya told reporters.

"I have met them today. And they conveyed me this idea of catchment areas in each zone. Today I am also hearing that half of IPL matches may shift to England. So let's see," added Dalmiya.

Each of the eight hosting state associations of the IPL was instructed to limit their expenditure to Rs 3.5 crore, with the amount of money spent recoverable from the respective franchises.

However, the Prasun Mukherjee-led administration spent Rs 7.26 crore, reasoning that Eden was a larger venue.

The present CAB administration is in dark over the expenses incurred during the April 20-May 25 carnival as that was organised when Mukherjee was at the helm.

To sort this out, following complaints against the previous administration, Dalmiya and Co have formed a three-member special legal committee to look into the matter.

After coming to power, letters seeking explanations have been sent from Dalmiya's office but the former police commissioner Mukherjee has explained that the ball was in Shah Rukh's court now.

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