The impasse over the shift IPL venue took a new turn after league’s chairman Ranjib Biswal put the ball back in Mumbai Cricket Association’s court by attaching a few riders in order to get the summit clash back from M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
Biswal replied to protest letter it received from the MCA attaching a list of do’s and dont’s which have been clearly defined in the letter.
“We got a letter from Ranjib Biswal but there are some conditions to host the finals. We have called for a managing committee meeting to discuss these conditions,” MCA vice-president Ravi Savant told PTI.
Biswal confirmed to PTI that he has replied to the MCA’s letter but refused to divulge the contents of it.
As per reliable sources, the primary condition was BCCI having access to the bulk of the hospitality box passes as they would have a number of high-profile guests arriving from various parts of the world.
This includes some of the ministers of the UAE government, who had helped in smooth organization of the first half in their country.
More hospitality box passes with BCCI means that MCA which had the monopoly on hospitality box passes will have to give up their share if they want the final to be back in the first place.
Another of the conditions laid was getting permission from the Mumbai Police to allow bursting of crackers and playing loud music post 10 pm which is not allowed as per state government diktat.
Some of the conditions listed out were no ambush marketing at the stadium, 85 per cent of the car parking with BCCI, and limited number of accreditation for the MCA.
Savant said the meeting would be held on Wednesday but it is unclear whether it would happen as the MCA office remains closed on account of Buddha Purnima.
Earlier, the IPL Governing Council deferred its decision over the protest letter it has received from the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) against the shifting of the cash-rich league’s final from Wankhede to M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
“No decision was taken today (Tuesday),” interim BCCI-IPL president Sunil Gavaskar told the waiting reporters at the BCCI’s headquarters.
Gavaskar, however, did not reveal when the GC could decide to put an end to the impasse.
Stung by the Governing Council’s decision to shift the final assigning any specific reasons, MCA president Sharad Pawar had shot off a protest letter to the Board.
Pawar had shot off the letter to the IPL Governing Council and all BCCI members demanding the real reason behind shifting the T20 extravaganza’s grand finale to Bangalore from its original venue.
The letter by Pawar had asked for the reason for this decision of the Governing Council.
“Considering that 20 matches of the ongoing Pepsi IPL season were played overseas, the GC took a decision to try and take the play-offs to as many stadias as possible. Several venues had expressed their interest in hosting the play-offs,” BCCI had said when announcing the revised knock out schedule.
MCA had convened an emergency managing committee meeting yesterday and told reporters they had been told that IPL GC’s decision would be communicated to them on Tuesday.
“We had a managing committee meeting today (Tuesday) and the members were apprised of the media release put out by the BCCI about the shifting of the final to Bangalore. Meanwhile we are also in communication with BCCI and the Governing Council of IPL on the issue,” Ravi Savant, vice president of MCA who chaired today’s managing committee meeting, had said on Monday.
“Mr Sunil Gavaskar (interim president of BCCI on IPL matters) has told us that they will discuss the letter and come back to us with their ruling tomorrow (Wednesday). We are hopeful it will be in favour of MCA,” he added.
Protesting against the BCCI move officials of the MCA have handed over their IPL accreditations to the tournament organisers.
“We have handed over all our IPL accreditations. The office-bearers of MCA, managing committee members and the volunteers connected with the tournament have done so as we are not happy that the final has been taken away without assigning proper reason,” MCA treasurer Vinod Deshpande said on Sunday.
However, other MCA sources told PTI today that the accreditations had been surrendered to the association officials only and a final call would be taken on the issue once the IPL GC replied to the protest letter.
On Saturday, IPL’s GC got involved in a tele-conference and decided to allot the final to the Karnataka Cricket Association.
The May 30 Qualifier 2, however, is scheduled as per original fixture at the Wankhede Stadium, which has already hosted three home games of Mumbai Indians and is set to host two more on May 23 and 25.
The May 28 eliminator has been allotted to the Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium.