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Decision on Pune's home ground in a 'day or two'

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 4, 2013

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Rain delayed the start of the match in Pune, Pune Warriors v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL, Pune, May 11, 2012
The Sahara group and the MCA have been in a dispute over title rights of the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium © AFP

A decision on Pune Warriors' home games in the upcoming IPL is set to be taken in the next couple of days, with negotiations currently on among all stakeholders. The franchise hopes to play its matches at the Subrata Roy Sahara stadium in Pune which is currently the subject of dispute.

"Both Sahara and MCA [Maharashtra Cricket Association] stuck to their guns, but with the IPL set to start in less than a month, the final decision will be made in a day or two," a BCCI insider revealed after a meeting between IPL governing council Rajeev Shukla, MCA president Ajay Shirke and Abhijit Sarkar, corporate communications chief of the Sahara group and director of the group subsidiary that owns the Pune franchise. While Sarkar and Shukla met in New Delhi, Shirke joined them through video conference since he is in the Netherlands for business commitments.

The Sahara group and the MCA have been in a dispute over title rights of the newly built stadium at Gahunje in the outskirts of Pune. After the MCA covered the name of the stadium that read 'Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium' in January for alleged default over payment of the contract, Sahara group officials moved the Bombay High Court over "termination of agreements".

Though the court case doesn't have any direct relation with hosting of the Sahara-owned team's home games in Pune, the business conglomerate has expressed its desire to play their home games at other venues. However, with no valid reason for shifting the games out of Pune, the IPL organisers find themselves in a quandary over the issue. With the IPL set to begin on April 3, time indeed is running out for them.

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Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

Mathews is a best All rounder in the world now , he 's the Best option for PWI. do something for pwi.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

Samuels have to be in that playing XI. He can bowl, he can bat, and he can Field!

Posted by   on (March 6, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

4 overseas will be Clarke,Wright,Taylor,Smith

Posted by   on (March 6, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

they shud consider dubai and abu dhabi as home grounds for 1 of the teams... its just a 3-5 hour flight from india, and will allow us indians in the gulf to enjoy a few games also :)

Posted by shan1280 on (March 6, 2013, 7:00 GMT)

Pune team 1.pandey 2.luke wright 3.samules 4.Yuvraj 5.Mathews 6.uthappa 7.Abhishek Nayar 8.Marsh 9.Bhuvaneshwar 10.Rahul Sharma 11.Dinda

Posted by NagarjunReddy on (March 5, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

My Choice PWI Squad : 1. M.pandey, 2. Luke wright, 3. M.samules, 4,Anjelo Mathews, 5,Steve Smith , 6. Yuvi, 7. Bhuvi, 8. Dinda/ Iswar Pandey 9,Nayar 10. 11.Suman

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

1.uttappa,2.luk write,3.yuvi,4.Ross taylor5.pandey.6.samules/mathews7.P rsool,8.rahul sharma 9.B kumar,10.shammi ahmad,11.nehra

Posted by chrisuv12 on (March 5, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

my warriors 1.robbie 2.clarke 3.luke 4.yuvi 5.ross / samuels 6.nayar 7.mathews/marsh 8.bhuvi 9,rahul 10.ishwar 11.dinda

Posted by sshailesh on (March 5, 2013, 11:20 GMT)

4 oversease will be - Luke Wright , Samuel , Ross Taylor , Mathew

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (March 5, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

Sahara will be really stupid to move their home games from the Pune stadium. It's easily the best stadium in the country and that's part of the appeal of the franchise. Besides, the team got great support from the people of the city and had the highest attendances for any IPL stadium although the home team were losing matches on the trot.

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