IPL 7: IPL final unlikely to move back to Mumbai, says top BCCI official

Until last season, winners of previous edition were awarded hosting rights of the final of the next edition.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Updated: May 14, 2014 3:23 pm

There was no word from the BCCI on Tuesday on reasons, as demanded for by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), for shifting the IPL final from Mumbai to Bangalore.

This in spite of BCCI’s interim president Sunil Gavaskar assuring the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) officials that they would get a reply to their letter by Tuesday.

However, it is reliably learnt that the BCCI will not change the decision of the IPL governing council to shift the venue of the final.

“Changing the venue back to Mumbai is out of question. We can’t keep changing the venue of the final every second day. The decision has already been made by the GC and everybody accepted the proposal to play the game in Bangalore instead of Mumbai due to many reasons. We had informed the MCA verbally about this and there is no point in changing the decision again,” a top BCCI official told The Indian Express.

Incidentally, MCA president Sharad Pawar and vice-president Ravi Sawant had spoken to Gavaskar on the change in venue. Gavaskar, who was at the BCCI’s office, said that status quo remained as on date with regard to the venue for the final. “We have sought more papers from the MCA and there has been no decision at the moment,” Gavaskar said.

The IPL governing council has asked the Mumbai Cricket Association to submit non-objection certificates from the local police and also permission from the state government to burst firecrackers and play music post the 10pm deadline in place.

Until last season, the winners of the previous edition were awarded the hosting rights of the final of the next edition. As Mumbai Indians were the defending champions, it was the turn of the Wankhede Stadium to host the final. The June 1 summit clash was to be held at the Wankhede till the IPL governing council shifted it out to Bangalore on Saturday.

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