Can Sunil Gavaskar get IPL 7 final back to Wankhede stadium?
Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is now banking on the BCCI President for the Indian Premier League to get the tournament final back to Wankhede stadium
Mumbai: The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is banking on Sunil Gavaskar, who is the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for Indian Premier League-7, to get the final back to Wankhede Stadium.
At its urgent Managing Committee meeting yesterday, the members were apprised of the situation.
Sunil Gavaskar. Pic/ Atul Kamble
MCA’s Joint Honorary Secretary Nitin Dalal said: “Our president Sharad Pawar and vice-president Ravi Savant (who is also a BCCI vice-president) have had discussions with BCCI and IPL officials and they have assured us that our letter asking for reasons to move the final without intimating us would be replied to by Tuesday.
“Depending on what the reply is, the Managing Committee will decide its future course of action.”
It is learnt Pawar also spoke to N Srinivasan, who had to vacate the BCCI president’s post till the probe into the IPL spot fixing and betting scandal is concluded. Dalal said the MCA will cooperate with Mumbai Indians in hosting their remaining two home matches at the Wankhede on May 23 and 25.
“It was also decided that we will not hamper any of Mumbai Indians’ matches. We have no problems with them. We still hope that the final will be played at Wankhede.”
THE MCA is all set to launch the Mumbai Premier League (MPL), a T20 tournament for city cricketers on the lines of Indian Premier League.
“We have decided to organise a T20 tournament which will be called Mumbai Premier League by next January, probably before the next IPL auction.
The proposal was discussed in the meeting and details will be discussed over the course of time,” Dr PV Shetty, MCA’s Joint Honorary Secretary, told mid-day yesterday.