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Lower ODI ticket prices, more transparency,
code of conduct highlights Apex Council Meeting

20th February 2020
A bunch of bold decisions were taken at Apex Council Meeting today, including lowering of ticket prices of the forthcoming ODI, under the chairmanship of CAB President Avishek Dalmiya.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly was a special invitee to the meeting.
Mr Avishek Dalmiya chaired the meeting in the presennce of Hony. Secretary Snehasish Ganguly, Vice-president Naresh Ojha, Treasurer Debasish Ganguly, Jt. Secy Debabrata Das and Apex Council members. CAB is going to introduce a Code of Conduct for all age group cricketers along with the support staff.
Also age limit ceilings to be introduced in the Second Division League.
Mr Dalmiya said: "We are obligated to go by the constitution and we will also ensure the provisions are enforced. We are going to introduce a uniform Code of Conduct. Age verification is another focus area as CAB reiterates its stand on conducting clean and transperant game."
From beautification of Eden to important decisions related to the game and the supporters, everything was included in the fruitful meeting.
"I think we are going in the right direction, it will take time. We'll make sure transperancy is maintained in every sector. I have been here for last four years and Hony. Secretary is also introducing us to many interesting ideas. It will be a good showpiece that we will create in the days ahead," he added.
Proposals for a Cricket Museum, Memorabilia shop and guided tours of Eden Gardens were placed and welcomed. It was also proposed that statues of Bengal cricketing legends like Sourav Ganguly, Late Pankaj Roy, Jhulan Goswami and former ICC President Late Jagmohan Dalmiya be erected.
"Ticket prices for the upcoming One Day International match between India and South Africa on 18 March have been decreased and the new price will be Rs 650, Rs 1000 and Rs 1500 including GST. The state cricket association wants to begin work at Dumurjola Stadium as soon as possible and some additional resquests have also been made to the State Government," Avishek said.
The CAB President also told that Media drive will start for all age group cricket so that talented cricketers can be spotted by the selectors and Medical unit will be revamped with latest gadgets and equipment immediately.
For more transparent conduct of the association some recruitment decisions were also made today. Hony. Secretary told CAB Media: "Chartered Accountant (CA), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and civil engineer for infrastructure development and maintenance will be appointed permanently by the Association."
A great deal of thought also went for Women's cricket, as CAB will ask the clubs to express their interest in playing Women's cricket in a Women's tournament that is planned with total 8 teams.

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