India news January 21, 2013

Women's World Cup moved out of Wankhede


The BCCI has decided to shift all matches of the Women's World Cup out of the Wankhede Stadium as the Mumbai Cricket Association* (MCA) wants to use the venue for the final of the Ranji Trophy.

"We had requested the BCCI to allow us to stage the Ranji final against Saurashtra at the Wankhede Stadium, the home of Mumbai cricket," MCA joint secretary Nitin Dalal told ESPNcricinfo. "We are glad that they have agreed to it."

A BCCI insider confirmed that "no WWC match" will be played at the Wankhede, with the new schedule still being worked upon keeping Cuttack as co-hosts along with Mumbai. "This would also help in letting the Wankhede host the Irani Cup from February 6, should Mumbai go on to win the Ranji Trophy."

As a result, the Women's World Cup is now set to be played at five stadiums: the Barabati Stadium and the DRIEMS stadium in Cuttack, and the MIG Club, Brabourne Stadium and MCA's Bandra-Kurla Complex facility in Mumbai.

Meanwhile, both Saurashtra and Mumbai are set to go in to the Ranji final without the services of two key players each. Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane (both Mumbai), Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja (both Saurashtra) are part of India's squad for the five-match ODI series against England. With the fifth ODI to be played on January 27, the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) had requested the BCCI to postpone the start of the Ranji final from January 26 by two days. Once that was refused due to inability to change the telecast schedule, the SCA had requested for at least Pujara, who hasn't featured in the series along with Sharma, for the final.

However, a BCCI insider said that none of the four players will be released. "Rahane and Jadeja have been playing in the eleven. And since Rohit and Pujara are the only two reserve batsmen, there is no way they can be released two days before an ODI," he said.

*15.40GMT, January 21: The article had incorrectly qualified MCA as Maharashtra Cricket Association.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on January 24, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    BCCI.... If you want domestic cricket to get its due then it would a great final when Star Players Play the Match. Either delay the final or release key players who are not figuring in the playing XI. We all saw when India was playing Pakistan... How the mumbai crowd enjoyed the Ranji Game in which Sachin was playing....

    BCCI wake up and give RANJI our Domestic Tournament its DUE.....

    All the best Saurashtra... Hope we have a new winner

  • uday on January 23, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    @shashidharhundi - Rohit Sharma doesnt matter to Mumbai? Are you crazy. Iagree he is not very consistent while playing for India,but that could be because he is not playing in his best format. look at his first class and list A averages. And for your information, he has scored 3 centuries and a fifty in his last 7 innings

  • Nathan on January 22, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Why the Ranji Final is not played at a neutral venue? The final being staged at Wankhade gives an UNFAIR advantage to Mumbai. A neutral venue would have given both the team a fair advantage. Pujara and Rohit will be roped in to play the final ODI match against England at Dharamsala, if India wraps up the series with a win in Mohali. This is unfair to both the players - Pujara and Rohit. The best option is to release them so that they can be part of their state side, which can make the Ranji FINAL contest more competitive. Hope wise counsel prevails on Indian Selectors. To the last point, shifting the Womens World Cup out of Wankhade to meet MCA request, speaks the hollowness of BCCI administration and the bullying of MCA.

  • Graem on January 22, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Disgraceful decision by the cricket authorities in India to kick the World Cup out of the Wankede. Womens cricket deserves better than this shambles.

  • Rajit on January 22, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Unfair to both Mumbai and Saurasthra that they've to play without 2 star players each. Though Saurashtra would miss Pujara and jadeja much more than Mumbai would miss Rahane and Rohit. Ordinarily, Mumbai should win it comfortably. Pushing the Ranji finals by a couple of days is not going to harm anyone. As regards the venue, was rather stupid of the organizers to schedule a women's WC match at Wankhede which coincides with Ranji's. The least they could have done it schedule it in DY Patil or Brabourne, and play at Wankhede if Mumbai didnt make it to finals.

  • Devvrat on January 22, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    After what happened in Delhi.. BCCI should have shown more support for the Women's World Cup...

    I want Saurashtra to win but Mumbai are a stronger side on any ground.

    The semi-finals and finals should be played at neutral venues. They changed format of the game from Plate and Elite groups to Group A, B and C. Similarly they should revisit the policies on decding venues for Ranji Trophy knock outs.

  • Maheshraj on January 22, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    It was glad to see Mumbai reach another Ranji Final which was finally decided on the 6th day. Am sure it would be a cracker of a Final with both Teams from West. Also, hats off to BCCI for allowing the Finals to be played in Mumbai followed by Irani Trophy. With regards to Final, there have been so many things written about top players playing the finals which is again a very good idea keeping in mind the Australia Test Series in February. One Suggestion, Can the Finals be shifted to another dates say, 31st Jan or 1st Feb so that the players can also play the Full One Day Series against England and also the Ranji followed by Irani Trophy. Since this would also get in more peole to watch the finals adding to the revenue of MCA, plus it would also give good match practice/preparation to top players representing their states for the all important Test Series against the mighty Aussies rather than concentrating only on One Dayers..... Maheshraj A Kulkarni. Thane

  • Cricblogger on January 22, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    So which tournament is more important to the world, the Womens World Cup or some local indian trophy. And whatever happened to gender equality. It seems like the BCCI thinks that Women are less important than Men even if it is the Worldcup vs some local tournament, still the men are more important. Wow... well-done India

  • Prateek on January 21, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    BCCI is wrong in not releasing Rohit Sharma and Pujara for Ranji final. They can have two replacement reserved batsmen for the last ODI. Ranji trophy needs to be given some more respect. Why not schedule IPL when International cricket is also going on? Women world cup also needs some more respect. ICC must set some gound rules around such abrupt changes of venues for the premier tournament in women sport.

  • Shashidhar on January 21, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    BCCI, in order to make this Ranji final really interesting, please please release Pujara. He will make a difference in the final which otherwise may become a one sided game. I am not saying Saurashtra is not good without Pujara, but still it is not as strong as Mumbai without Pujara. It doesn't matter Rohit Sharma is in Mumbai team or not...but Pujara matters...

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