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Women's World Cup moved out of Wankhede

Amol Karhadkar

January 21, 2013

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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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Posted by   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

Posted by uday_narayanan 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

Posted by bvnathan 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.

Posted by Aussiesfalling 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.

Posted by RajitD 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.

Posted by DevWorah 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.

Posted by Mahesh1109 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

Posted by 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

Posted by PratUSA 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.

Posted by ShashidharHundi 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...

Posted by Nampally on (January 21, 2013, 19:41 GMT)

It does not make any sense in leaving Ronit & Pujara on the bench just to satisfy Dhoni's glee in benching them. Let the 2 players play instead of wasting their life on the bench. India can get 2 other batsmen to warm the bench - J.Singh of Punjab & Dhawan of Delhi - neither is playing any match & both deserving & keen. It makes lot more sense to get 4 cricketers involved rather than 2 uninvolved!

Posted by tententen on (January 21, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

saurashtra will win it any way but pujara and rohit can be released and set tiwary as the spare batsman.

Posted by colossalcricketer on (January 21, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

Navin Kumar Ranji Final with Sachin in it will obviously be more important and attract a huge crowd! And Cuttack is a great city so whats the problem?

Posted by NavinKumar on (January 21, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

Why don't we just move WWC out of India? That would be lot less humiliating to these players than the vested interest of 40th title. A shame indeed...

As for BCCI, the most important domestic match could be played with all the payers available and if that requires postponing it by two days so be it.

An international (World Cup) match can be re-scheduled to butter some players not your own domestic match (again buttering some people, my guess!!!!)

Posted by FireMonger on (January 21, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

This is ridiculous. How can BCCI give more priority to a domestic match over an international world cup match. We can easily have the Ranji final at brabourne or at BKC.

Posted by Secunderabadi on (January 21, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

Saurashtra will win the finals.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

I think BCCI must release or give permission to the player who will not play one day match against England just like Cricket Australia did in recent past. The best player can participate or play for their respective Ranji Team.The match will be interesting if Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma play in the ranji match.... can anybody told my statement to BCCI chairman....

Posted by suryasxn on (January 21, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

WWC is an International tournament changing venues to have a domestic match just to give unfair Home advantage to Mumbai in Ranji Final .BCCI should be professional as an ICC event host .Women's Cricket should be respected as much as Men's Cricket .

Posted by sudhirrao on (January 21, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

MCA is Mumbai CA and not Maharashtra CA

Posted by Yash_Mumbai_Indian on (January 21, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

Small correction. It should be Mumbai Cricket Association and Maharashtra Cricket Association!! Final at Wankhede will be great !! Sachin Back at Wankhede !! Will be a great atmosphere and crowd!! Go Mumbai !! 40th Title beckons !!

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