November 28, 2008

England in India 2008-09

Assam Cricket Association hopes for insurance cover

George Binoy

The Assam Cricket Association (ACA) is hoping to get insurance cover for the losses incurred after the sixth one-day international between India and England was cancelled following the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

“We’re very disappointed. So much preparation has gone into hosting this match. Now, if we don’t get the insurance cover, we’ll have to suffer a huge loss,” Bikash Barua, the ACA secretary, told the Indian Express. “It takes about Rs 80 to 90 lakh to organise an ODI in the city and ACA treasurer Ghanashyam Barua is not certain whether the expense will be covered by the insurance company.

“We’ve insured this match for Rs 80 lakh. In case of abandonment, without a ball being bowled, we’re supposed to get this amount from them. But I’m not sure whether we can claim the insurance amount. If it doesn’t happen, we’ll have to request the BCCI to compensate us.”

The spectators who had purchased tickets for the match will be given a refund by the association.

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