Mumbai Cricket Association's promise to comply with all the conditions notwithstanding, the Indian Premier League's Governing Council has decided that the June 1 final of the T20 tournament would be held in Bangalore as announced earlier.
"The GC had a conference call last night and after a lot of deliberation among the members it was unanimously decided to stick to our earlier decision, that is to play the final in Bangalore," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told PTI from Baroda yesterday morning.
Running out of time
"One of the main reasons is we don't have time till Monday (tomorrow) or Tuesday as a lot of preparations are needed to be done," said Patel. Other BCCI sources indicated that though MCA had written to the IPL GC that it would meet all the demands, a written permission from Mumbai police to allow bursting of fire crackers past 10 pm was not provided.
MCA secretary Nitin Dalal told PTI that this permission would have been obtained in the coming week. "We had accepted all the demands. (Sharad) Pawar saheb would have got this permission this week," said Dalal, who said he was not aware of the IPL GC's decision to keep the final in Bangalore.
MCA vice president Ravi Savant had said that MCA had accepted all the 14 demands put forward by the IPL's governing council to stage the match. "We have decided to accept all the conditions because the MCA president (Sharad Pawar) desired that the match should be played in Mumbai only," Savant had said.