Cricket Club of India to host international matches again

Sep 30, 2013, 02:41 IST | Harit N Joshi

Within a year, N Srinivasan lives up to his promise of getting international cricket back to Brabourne Stadium

A resolution was passed at the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s 84th Annual General Meeting in Chennai yesterday to resume international cricket at the Cricket Club of India.

Sevanthi Parekh and N Srinivasan
BCCI president N Srinivasan (right) being felicitated by CCI chief Sevanthi Parekh during the club’s platinum jubilee function last November

It is learnt that N Srinivasan, who was re-elected as BCCI president, agreed to bring back international cricket at the club’s Brabourne Stadium. 

“All members agreed that CCI should get its due. It is one of the finest venues in India and has a great history. A few technical issues were discussed before passing the resolution,” Sanju Kothari, joint treasurer and vice-chairman of cricket at CCI, told MiD DAY.

The Brabourne Stadium has hosted 18 Tests, eight ODIs and a T20 International tie. It last hosted an international in 2009 when India became the World No 1 Test team for the first time in history. Sri Lanka were trounced by an innings and 24 runs in that game.

Brabourne Stadium

The 2006 ICC Champions Trophy final was the last ODI played at the historic venue while Brabourne staged the ICC Women’s World Cup earlier this year.
“We have been writing to the Board president, requesting him to consider CCI for international matches.

“Our request was finally considered. It is a great moment for the Club,” said Kothari, who represented CCI at the BCCI AGM. Srinivasan, who was awarded honorary lifetime membership of the club last November, promised to bring top-class cricket back to the iconic club.

“Things usually take time at the BCCI. But I promise to put your request to the committee members,” Srinivasan told CCI president Sevanthi Parekh on stage during the club’s platinum jubilee celebrations.

CCI was the hub of cricket during 1950s and 60s. It not only housed the Board’s office, but was the epicentre of all cricketing action. Action, however, shifted to Wankhede Stadium because of issues with the Mumbai Cricket Association and the BCCI. 

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