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July 4, 2009
Following protests against the scrapping of the Deodhar Trophy tournament, the BCCI has decided to review their decision.
The BCCI had this past week cancelled the Deodhar Trophy for the 2009-10 season due to the tight domestic schedule, but that has not gone down well with irate protesters of the Shiv Sena, a right-wing political party in Mumbai. Sena activists shouted slogans outside the Wankhede Stadium, where the BCCI has its headquarters, claiming the board had insulted the late DB Deodhar, after whom the limited-overs tournament was named.
"The Board has insulted Marathi pride by cancelling the tournament," Sena leader Subhash Desai was quoted as saying by the Times of India on Friday. "If the decision is not reversed, Shiv Sena will not allow a single IPL match in the state."
According to a press release from the BCCI, the schedule of the Deodhar Trophy will be finalised at the board's working committee meeting in August.
The inaugural Deodhar Trophy took place in 1973-74, with an intention to groom Indian cricketers for the then relatively new limited-overs game.
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