The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has agreed to all the terms and conditions set by IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal in order to get the IPL final back to Wankhede Stadium. In a three-page 14 point terms and conditions-demand, Biswal had stressed in Point 9: ‘Removal of restriction for any owners of IPL to enter Wankhede Stadium, including Mr Shah Rukh Khan.’
Shah Rukh has been banned by the MCA for five years after a Wankhede Stadium bust-up with a security guard in 2012. Since then, Shah Rukh hasn’t visited the Wankhede despite his team Kolkata Knight Riders playing here.
When quizzed, MCA vice-president Ravi Savant said he had accepted all terms and conditions set by the IPL meaning Shah Rukh could now enter the Wankhede Stadium. “They have given us a letter for only this game (IPL final). All the conditions are for this game,” he insisted.
It is learnt that after MCA president Sharad Pawar’s intervention, the MCA managing committee decided to accept all IPL demands. Savant added, “We had received a letter from IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal dated May 13, and there were as many as 14 conditions. We have decided to accept all the conditions because the MCA president (Sharad Pawar) desired that the match should be played in Mumbai only and we hope that our decision will change the heart of the governing council and the match will be played in Mumbai.”
Final call later: Gavaskar
IPL interim-president Sunil Gavaskar later said the main issue for the IPL GC for moving the final to Bangalore was restrictions of timing in Mumbai. “The major problem is of timing of use of loudspeaker and music. If any batsman walks out you can’t announce the name, cheergirls can’t dance because of the rule which doesn’t allow us to play music post 10 pm. It’s a final game and we all want to make it big. We are still awaiting MCA’s letter once we get it we will call the IPL Governing Council meeting and the final call will be taken after that,” Gavaskar told The Indian Express.
In a letter to MCA, IPL had asked the state body to submit police permissions for sound and fireworks post 10pm and until the presentation ceremony, which were duly handed over to the IPL.
Meanwhile, MCA now hopes that their two former cricketers will help them get the IPL final back in Mumbai. Without naming Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri, who is part of the IPL GC, Savant stated, “There are also Mumbai players who are part of the IPL governing council, who should support us and we hope they will definitely support us.”
League boss Biswal chastises MCA for big-brotherly posturing towards CCI
Mumbai: THE IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal has strongly objected Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) sending a letter to the Cricket Club of India (CCI) wherein the MCA has demanded to know “on whose permission did the CCI accept to host the IPL eliminator game.”
It is reliably learnt that Biswal has written a letter to the MCA president Sharad Pawar where the chairman clarified that the decision of granting the IPL game to the CCI was the BCCI’s prerogative and the MCA should have no objection as the CCI is also a board member.
“A letter has been sent to the MCA by the IPL chairman and he has made it clear to MCA that they should not be bothered about the CCI getting the IPL match. The CCI is a BCCI founding member and they are also under the Indian board’s umbrella,” a BCCI official said.
Meanwhile, Biswal also brought to Pawar’s notice that some of the MCA managing committee members misbehaved with BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel on the sidelines of IPL game after MCA was not allowed to host the IPL final.