Mumbai-Railway tie to be held at Wankhede only: MCA
Mumbai Cricket Association today clarified that the Ranji Trophy Group B game between Mumbai and Railways will be staged at the original venue, Wankhede Stadium only and not at its suburban Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) ground
Mumbai Cricket Association today clarified that the Ranji Trophy Group B game between Mumbai and Railways will be staged at the original venue, Wankhede Stadium only and not at its suburban Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) ground.
"I can confirm that the match is at Wankhede," said MCA joint secretary Dr P V Shetty, a day after other sources in the association said the November 15-18 game would be staged at its BKC facility.
However, a BCCI source, who did not wish to be identified, confirmed to PTI today that a request had been received by the Board from MCA to shift the game from Wankhede to BKC ground but the wish could not be accommodated because of paucity of time.
"There was a request from MCA to shift the game from Wankhede to the BKC ground, but it could not be entertained as there was very little time for one of our pitches and grounds committee member to visit the venue (BKC) and certify it for staging the game," the source said.
The Mumbai team management wanted the game to be shifted out of Wankhede after a placid track had produced nearly 1,200 runs in the drawn game against Uttar Pradesh that ended on November 10.
Mumbai scored 610 for nine declared after being asked to bat first and UP replied with 440 to concede a big lead of 160. Following on, UP scored 140 for one before the game was called off by mutual consent.
On October 25, the fifth and final ODI between India and South Africa saw the visitors pile up a record-high score of 438 before clinching the game by a huge 214-run margin to pocket the series 3-2.
Indian team's director Ravi Shastri was later accused of hurling abuse about the track by pitch curator Sudhir Naik in a letter written to MCA who formed a one-man committee headed by ex-India captain and MCA VP, Dilip Vengsarkar, to look into the matter.
Vengsarkar brokered a truce between the two former Mumbai players last Sunday and said through a statement that the issue has been settled and both also shook hands to signal it.