Shops selling merchandise ‘in a spot’

first_imgWith a day to go for the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, the Organising Committee is still grappling to find ‘ideal’ spots for the placement of its merchandising stalls to maximize sales.The OC officials have sought a police nod for the placement of stalls at newer spots in the Capital, according to Delhi Police officers. The reason? Given the ‘strange’ placement of merchandise stalls inside the security cordon areas leading to the Games’ venues, most people haven’t been able to reach them.And those who’ve managed to get in haven’t been able to buy as such items aren’t allowed inside the stadia. According to Games officials their initial merchandise sales target was `8 crore from across 70 stalls in the Capital but only a fraction of them actually opened.”They blame us for the stalls but the fact is that before the Games started there was a meeting of the Delhi police commissioner, sports secretary and the OC where we told them that we were not informed about the exact location of the stalls. They were told that it could become a security concern at the end but there was no response,” a police officer said.The few stalls that opened were at ‘awkward’ spots leading to low sales. More than a dozen other stores are at some distance from the Games’ venues for security reasons. Take for example the merchandise stall at the OC headquarters itself.”Only the OC officials, staff or accredited journalists and athletes have access to this area,” a senior OC official said. The Delhi police officers confirmed that the issue of opening up fresh merchandise stalls at exit points of many of the venues had been raised by the OC officials. But the chances of them getting a nod were bleak.advertisementlast_img

Florida second T20I’s delayed start had BCCI consent, ICC to discuss fiasco

first_imgThe decision to delay the start of the India-West Indies second T20 international in Florida last Sunday had the blessings of the BCCI. Broadcasters Star Sports unable to beam live pictures of the match on time due to technical issues which forced the delayed start have received bad press after the delay cost India an opportunity to square the series. (Rain denies India victory in Florida as West Indies clinch series 1-0 ) But with Star Sports being BCCI’s long term partners, there hasn’t been any action or fact finding. Star Sports paid the BCCI 34.4 crores to broadcast the two matches in Florida. BCCI officials refused to comment despite multiple attempts. An ICC spokesman did confirm the decision to delay the match start by 40 minutes was arrived at by the match officials after consulting both competing members.”Taking into account the strategic considerations behind the staging of the two international matches in Florida, the match officials, on the request of the two competing members, agreed to tweak the playing hours to allow the host broadcaster to overcome the technical difficulties,” ICC clarified. The two games were essentially BCCI’s home games being played at an off shore venue. The games also served an opportunity to the West Indies cricket board (WICB) to compensate the BCCI for some of its losses arising out of West Indian players pull out from the India tour of 2014. In such circumstances the call to delay start had to come from the BCCI. (MS Dhoni wants more T20s in United States )advertisementBCCI’s commercial considerations could be understood in a heavily competitive market space, the incident robbed thousands of on ground cricket fans, exposed to international cricket in a new market, an opportunity to see a result despite coming in to watch the games at steep prices. Meanwhile, sources in the ICC have confirmed that the Florida fiasco will be discussed at its match officials annual workshop next month. A rain delay of merely 20 minutes was enough to make the ground conditions unfit to play with India stranded two overs into their chase of a modest T20 target of 144 and robbing MS Dhoni a chance of squaring the series. At least five overs are needed to be bowled in the second innings to constitute a match under Duckworth-Lewis playing rules.Dhoni disagreed with his West Indian counterpart Carlos Brathwaite who deemed a number of areas on the outfield unfit for play. The match officials led by ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle were also not convinced with the state of the outfield following the rains and decided to call off the match. Florida’s Lauderhill was hosting the two games between the two T20 heavyweights as part of an effort to develop a new market for the game. But the venues’ inadequate drainage facilities and equipment to deal with the rains are also set to be part of the discussions at ICC’s workshop.last_img read more

AISK-Police cricket tournament to begin in Jammu from Nov 20

first_imgJammu, Nov 18 (PTI) A cricket tournament of All India Kashmiri Samaj (AIKS) and Police will commence in Jammu from November 20, aimed to inculcate a sense of healthier body and mind through sports amid the drug menace spreading fast among the younger generation across the nation. “A cricket tournament is being held at a mega level in Jammu from November 20 to December 25,” Vice President of AIKS, AK Raina told reporters here today. Flanked by former captain and chairman of selection committee of Jammu and Kashmir Ranji cricket team and former BCCI member, Ashwinder Koul and Chairman of Media Committee of J&K Cricket Association, Rajesh Dhar, Raina said that Advisor to the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and former Vice Chancellor Jammu University Professor Amitabh Mattoo will inaugurate the tournament. Ten teams will be participating in the league based matches for AIKS-ALCOBREW Championship Cup. The final will be played on December 25 with cash awards and attractive prizes for the winners and runner up teams, besides trophies and mementos to man of the matches, man of the tournament, best bowler and best fielder awards. PTI AB DK CMlast_img read more