Blast may not hit KSCA future

Bangalore to lose Rs 20 lakh as staging fee from the Indian Premier League

That’s the view held by Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, the president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association.

Saturday’s twin explosions outside the Chinnaswamy stadium and the subsequent discovery of three more bombs have understandably thrown up fears over the future of international cricket in the City. “I have no doubt these events will not hamper the Chinnaswamy stadium’s status as an international cricketing venue,” Wadiyar told Deccan Herald on Monday.

“Bangaloreans are essentially peace-loving people, and Bangalore has by and large been a peaceful city,” he went on. “Personally, I feel whatever happened on Saturday has been blown out of proportion. Furthermore, the police have assured us total security in the future, and I am confident we will continue to stage high-profile cricketing fixtures.”

The dates and venues of forthcoming international matches in India are yet to be finalised, but it is almost certain that at some stage before the World Cup next year, the Chinnaswamy stadium will host at least one game. The last international here was in November 2008, a truncated one-day international against England. Bangalore is also scheduled to host four matches during the World Cup.

In financial terms, the shifting of the IPL semifinals to Navi Mumbai will not hit the KSCA hard. While the seven league matches were the property of the Royal Challengers, the knockout fixtures are IPL events, with proceeds from ticket sales and in-stadia advertising going directly to the IPL. Technically, the KSCA will only lose out on Rs 20 lakh, at the rate of Rs 10 lakh per match as staging fee from the IPL, apart from operational expenses. As such, KSCA officials said while it was too premature to count their losses, they didn’t expect the numbers to be significant.

Well before the Chinnaswamy stadium hosted its first match of IPL III on March 16, the KSCA had handed over a cheque for Rs 27 lakh to the City Police towards police bandobust on behalf of the Royal Challengers at the rate of Rs 3 lakh per match for nine matches -- the seven league fixtures and the two semifinals.

“RCB will reimburse the said amount to the KSCA,” said Wadiyar. “Under a prevailing government order, we are required to pay Rs 5 lakh per one-day international and Rs 2 lakh per day for every Test match towards police bandobust,” he added. “That has been the normal practice for a while now.”

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