Two Champions League matches shifted from Kolkata to Bangalore

August 16th, 2011 - 9:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Aug 16 (IANS) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Tuesday shifted two Champions League matches slated for Oct 1 to Bangalore from Kolakata due to security concerns in the eastern metropolis during Durga Puja that starts Oct 2.

“There is a change in the match schedule of the Nokia CLT20, 2011. The Kolkata Police requested this change, in view of the Durga Puja celebrations in the city, which commence October 2. The two matches that were scheduled to be played in Kolkata on October 1, 2011, have been shifted to Bangalore,” the Indian cricket board said in a statement.

The tournament will be held in two phases. The qualifiers are Sep 19-21 while the final stage is from Sep 23 to Oct 8.

Four Indian cities will co-host the event. The qualifiers will be played at Hyderabad, the main tournament will be held at Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai.

Champions Chennai Super Kings, runners-up Royal Challengers Bangalore and third-placed Mumbai Indians are the three Indians teams, which got a direct entry in the final round. Kolkata Knight Riders, who finished fourth in the IPL, will go through six-team qualifiers.

Meanwhile, the marketing committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also finalised the tendering process for the Mobile and Internet Rights for the international and domestic series for the period from October 2011 to March 2014. The reserve price for the rights is set at Rs.3 crore per match for all forms of the game.

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