CoA chief Vinod Rai
CoA chief Vinod Rai (File Photo)

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) has limited the BCCI’s share of complimentary tickets for the West Indies series after several state associations raise objections over the new arrangement.

As per the new constitution of the BCCI, state associations have to reserve 90 per cent of their tickets for the public usage and only 10 per cent are for their own consumption. From this 10 per cent, BCCI was demanding its share (5 per cent) of passes which became a bone of contention between the two parties.

It was due to this this tussle, Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) expressed its inability to host the 2nd ODI between India and West Indies on October 24. Subsequently, the ODI was shifted to Vizag. However, other state associations including Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) too raised objections following which CoA met in Delhi on Saturday to resolve the issue.

“In the spirit of the mandate of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, the Committee of Administrators has decided to limit the BCCI’s requirement for sponsor and other free allotments as much as possible from 1200 to 604, so that the number of complimentary tickets available to the hosting State Association is maximised,” PTI quoted a letter which CoA wrote to state units.

As per the report, the BCCI will take 184 hospitality passes and 420 next best category per match during the series.

The communication further added, “Please note that all tickets sold/ allotted to members (of the host State Association) as per the terms and conditions of their membership will not be counted towards the prescribed 10 percent limit as mentioned above,” the COA wrote.

“We trust that since the BCCI’s requirement has been reduced from 1200 to 604, the above arrangement will address the issues being faced by the State Associations and that the State Associations will come together in the greater interest of the game of cricket and honour the commitment made by them to the fans of cricket.”