The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) has finally decided to go without the Corporation’s entertainment tax rebate for the upcoming India vs West Indies ODI match.
The decision was taken in a top-level meeting of the premier cricketing body of the state on Sunday.
“We decided to go ahead without any tax exemption from the Corporation for this year,” said Jayesh George, KCA Joint Secretary.
He said the decision was taken unanimously after discussing the practical difficulties to follow the diktat of the Corporation to get the tax cut, he said. The Corporation had pointed out recently that the KCA must slash its ticket rates to avail of any tax cut.
It wanted the KCA to enter into a legal agreement with the Corporation and declare that it will cut ticket rates in return for the proposed 25 per cent entertainment tax rebate for the ODI match.
However, in its meeting, the KCA discussed this proposal in detail.
The KCA has same ticket rates for all Test matches. Moreover, the tickets have already gone for printing.
So, the KCA decided that it is impossible to give in to Corporation’s demand.
“We have informed the Mayor that we cannot accept with the Corporation’s demand. The Mayor has also been informed that the KCA would pay the entire entertainment tax sans any cut,” Jayesh said.
He denied reports of enmity between the Corporation and the KCA due to the controversy. He said this decision would not affect future cricket matches in the city.