BCCI's decision to allot matches to Brabourne Stadium raises MCA hackles

Oct 01, 2013, 00:18 IST | Harit N Joshi

Mumbai Cricket Association officials will write to Board president N Srinivasan

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has taken strong objection to the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision to reconsider Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium for international matches.

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Board president N Srinivasan, living up to his earlier promise of bringing back international men’s cricket to CCI, had passed the resolution in the 84th Annual General Meeting in Chennai on Sunday.

According to the new resolution, it will be the Board’s prerogative to allocate international matches to CCI instead of the MCA.

Yesterday, in its managing committee meeting, the MCA decided to write to the BCCI chief about their objection. “We will write to the Board that MCA reserves the right to allocate matches in its jurisdiction.

Since we promote cricket in Mumbai, it is the MCA’s decision to decide venues for matches,” an MCA official told MiD DAY.

Another official said MCA’s commercial commitments will also take a hit. “We have promised corporate box holders free entry for international matches taking place in Mumbai. There are various such commitments that the MCA has made. So the Board has to look at various aspects,” said the official.

However, some MCA members were in favour of the BCCI’s decision. “In a way, it is good for Mumbai as we will now get a chance to host matches twice. CCI will now come under the Board’s rotation policy along with MCA,” said a member.

Why now?
A few members also wondered why the MCA did not raise an objection at the AGM itself. “Our president Ravi Savant, who is now the vice-president of the BCCI, and a few other officials were in Chennai. Why didn’t they raise any objection when the resolution was passed,” said a member.

It is learnt, in 2010 a resolution was passed at the Board’s Working Committee meeting where the MCA was given the powers to decide on the allocation of matches in Mumbai.  

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