IPL 2014 May 15, 2014

MCA accepts conditions in bid to regain IPL final


The Mumbai Cricket Association's (MCA) managing committee has decided to adhere to all the conditions put in place by the IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal, in a follow-up to MCA chief Sharad Pawar's letter asking why the IPL final was taken away from Mumbai. While the MCA vice-president Ravi Savant said it will respect all the conditions imposed by the IPL authorities, Biswal clarified that the IPL has not set any riders on the MCA for the June 1 final to be re-allotted to the Wankhede stadium.

"The managing committee has decided to accept all the conditions, including ensuring seating arrangements for all franchise owners. Since a playoff is their match, they can invite whosoever they want. We can't have a say in it. The reply to that effect has been sent to the IPL chairman," Savant said after the MCA managing committee met for the second time in four days after the IPL authorities moved the final from Wankhede Stadium to the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

However, Biswal told ESPNcricinfo that the question of re-allotting the final to Mumbai does not arise.

"Whether I will respond to the MCA letter or not depends on the contents of the letter," Biswal said. "But I can confirm that I had only explained the reasons for which the decision to move the final to Bangalore was taken. We hadn't put any riders in the last letter. Also, so far we have not received any formal request to re-allot the final to Wankhede."

After discussing the issue, the MCA managing committee has decided to put in a formal request to the IPL to not deviate from the tradition of letting the home ground of the defending IPL champions to host the final and not deprive fans in Mumbai from witnessing the marquee clash. "Once we have decided to fulfill all the conditions, we hope that the IPL would bring the final back to Mumbai," Savant said.

In his reply to MCA on May 13, a copy of which is with ESPNcricinfo, Biswal had cited 14 reasons to take the final away from Mumbai. The main reasons cited by Biswal included permission to be given for temporary hospitality structures or removal of seats in the Garware pavilion, 85% parking space to be reserved for the IPL, removal of restriction for any owners of IPL teams including Shah Rukh Khan, permission for sound and fireworks post 10pm until the presentation ceremony is completed and that the cost of police security should be in line with other locations at Rs 15-20 lakh per game (Mumbai police charge Rs 50 lakh per game).

If the final returns to Mumbai, the five-year ban imposed on Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh in May 2012 will have to be done away with. MCA had banned him following a spat with MCA officials after the game between Mumbai and Knight Riders at Wankhede on May 16, 2012.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Daison on May 19, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    So they sat around a table and decided to ban owner of a franchise from entering the stadium. And then they want to use the "simple logic" of having the current Champions host the finals. What about the logic of having the owner watch the games? You can argue that its not written anywhere the owners cant be banned. Just the same way its not written anywhere the current champions should host the finals. Got it?

  • Swami on May 16, 2014, 0:51 GMT

    MCA is arrogant .. serves them right. They need a dose of market reality to make them realise that ridiculous acts like banning SRK are not tolerated.

  • Nik on May 15, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    Silly, Mumbai is la creme of all Indian metros and also prime target for any terror. Security will obviously cost $$$. Only ignorant would ask for cheaper security in Mumbai. Also SRK was to be punished for his own deed. Even youtube video shows he was on the wrong side of RULES. Allowing him will set WRONG precedence. Any Johnny would break rule. All said, I am not surprised INDIAN-PL siding with wrong-er, as its their practice all along. SHAME.

  • Ben on May 15, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    I think IPL should hold its ground. Moving the final back will be a big mistake. Let it remain in Bangalore. IPL should just let MCA know that IPL thanks MCA for the offer and will keep in mind the next time around. Having said that MCA does come across to me as having a sense of "entitlement". That should stop. All the owners are VIP guests in the IPL finals. You don't ban an owner of another team and expect the IPL to go along with you. By the way, I am not a fan of any of these three teams namely MI, KKR & RCB. I am a fan of another team, I swear.

  • Luka on May 15, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    @Harsha, which big events are you talking about? Mumbai is the heart of the country, hence it got the WCup11 final. And Sachin personally requested his last test match at his home ground - Wankhede has hosted only 2 other test matches in the last 7 years and no ODI's since the World Cup. Also, it is the norm to have the IPL final hosted at the previous winner's ground. The 2011 and 2012 was hosted at Chennai, 2013 at Kolkata - and hence, 2014 should naturally be Mumbai. Get your facts right!

    And, Hamza, if you read the article, it says that SRK's ban will be lifted if KKR reach the final. Bangalore isnt a great ground with flat, flat pitch and short boundaries. How is that remotely more competitive?

  • nalla on May 15, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    As per the trend, the champions of the previous IPL get an opportunity to host the final of the current IPL. In 2012, KKR won IPL, so 2013 final in Eden Gardens. In 2013, MI won IPL. So, 2014 IPL final should be in Wankhede. Simple logic that many people don't get

  • ESPN on May 15, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    If 8 matches are being played in mumbai with 50 lakhs to police for each match what is wrong in paying them the same amount in final?

  • Android on May 15, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    yea...bangaluru is much a much better venue to hold the final....and what if KKR make it to final SRK isn't permitted to watch his team in final

  • Android on May 15, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    @harsha chulki well said dude

  • ESPN on May 15, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    Why should MCA/Mumbai always hold big events? Is that the only Cricket association in India? It will be ridiculous on IPL admin to reschedule to Mumbai.

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