ICC World Cup Buzz: Bulk SMS Ban, Holiday in Mumbai, 1/8th Tickets for Public, TV Channels Barred, Tax-waiver for WC!

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Today while I was traveling to office in Mumbai local trains, I heard the news from an electronic media reporter, who was speaking on phone to his colleague, that ICC has banned media from covering the World Cup final at Wankhede stadium.

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ICC bars TV channels from covering WC Final

As soon as I reached office, I checked the news on internet to actually confirm that, in deed, the International Cricket Council has barred accredited media journalists from covering the all-important Grand Finale for alleged breaching of media guidelines. It was true.

This crucial decision comes on the back of ICC finally allowing the TV news channels, following the Union government’s intervention in the standoff, to cover Indo-Pak clash after cancellation of media accreditation for the match. But, this revocation of ICC ban was valid only for a day.

ICC gets a tax-waiver for WC

Cricket has always been a cash-excess sporting event in India, even as other sports suffer from acute funding shortage due to lack of popularity and sponsorship deals. Despite that, the Union Cabinet has given an approval for tax exemption to the cash-rich ICC for the ongoing world cup.

This is what I&B Minister Ambika Soni had to say:

The exemption will be on the income arising in India from the ICC world cup 2011 to the subsidiaries of the ICC only where the contractual obligation to bear the income tax liabilities is on these entities

Hurray! Mumbaikars get Holiday to watch Final

In an unprecedented decision for the cricket lovers, Maharashtra government has declared a local holiday for the government offices in two districts – Mumbai city and Mumbai suburbs – to enjoy the India-Sri Lanka final on April 2. Hello! I am not making April fool joke of you, its factual news!

Bulk SMS banned for WC

While the decision of holiday in Mumbai has been taken on request of the city police to reduce crowd movement in the metropolis; even the call on bulk SMS ban, until the World Cup final, has been triggered in lieu of strengthening security and law and order for the game.

Only 1/8th tickets for public sale in Finale

Do you feel you could be the lucky one to grab a ticket for the World Cup finale out of those 4000 seats meant for general public? If yes, congratulations! If no, you can enjoy the grand occasion on TV like me.

Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium capacity stands at 32000 seats only. Out of those seats, clubs affiliated with MCA have got 14000 tickets; followed by a quota of 8500 tickets for ICC and 2000 tickets in the name of BCCI.

So, are you ready for the grand finale?

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