IPL 2014 May 18, 2014

IPL final to stay in Bangalore

The IPL final on June 1 will stay in Bangalore as scheduled after the BCCI declined the Mumbai Cricket Association's request to reinstate the match at the Wankhede Stadium. The IPL governing council had declined the request following a meeting on Saturday night.

"The governing council considered the MCA's request but decided to stick to the original decision to move the final from Mumbai to Bangalore," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told ESPNcricinfo.

MCA joint secretary Nitin Dalal expressed disappointment over the decision. "So far, the MCA hasn't been informed anything officially. But if they (BCCI) have made the decision (to stick to Bangalore), then it's absolutely disappointing both for the MCA and more importantly for the cricket fans of Mumbai. The MCA had assured the IPL of making all the necessary arrangements well in time for the final."

The drama started a day after the IPL governing council moved the final from the Wankhede Stadium to the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, thus breaking the tradition of letting the home ground of previous year's champion team host the final. The decision sparked protests the MCA, with its president Sharad Pawar asking for reasons for the switch. Two days after the IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal responded, the MCA managing committee decided to accept all the "conditions" put forth by the IPL in a bid to regain the final.

Interestingly, Biswal said he had never put any riders for the final to be shifted back to Mumbai. The MCA managing committee, it is understood, interpreted Biswal's reply as if its content had referred to conditions. The MCA therefore formally requested the IPL to reinstate the final to Wankhede since it had formally agreed to all the conditions it believed had been put in place by the IPL chairman.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Rohan on May 19, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Once MCA had agreed to BCCI's terms, there was no reason why the final should not have gone back to Mumbai as BCCI's policy of letting previous year's champions to host the finals. The Pitches in Mumbai are one of very best and the outfield conditions is far better than Bangalore. There is a lurking danger of rains in Bangalore esp in June. Surprisingly the BCCI is ready is risk the rains and not few terms & conditions of MCA. There is a lot of History attached with Mumbai cricket and the MCA consider the turf a hallowed one. Hence it has always remained strict in non cricketers or guests of team owners to step on the field. Hence the ban is fully justified.

  • Daison on May 19, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    If you ask fan all over the places but outside Mumbai to rate the IPL team in order of preference you will see majority of them placing Mumbai at the bottom. Thats just how mumbai team, the Wankade authorities, MCA and MI fans conduct themselves. The only reason to have supported MI in earlier years were Sachin playing in the team. Now that Sachin has retired there is nobody likable in that team. They boo players for appealing, they ban persons from their stadium, they bottom consistantly in fairplay table, when they win act like "we deserve it" but when they lose act "we are unlucky". Its about time they are put in their place - bottom of table, out of play offs, not hosting the final - out of the pitcure.!

  • Nick on May 18, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    I'm happy about this. There should be some sort of rotation policy with selecting venues for finals too. Wankhede got the WC final, now relax, let others host a big event too. It seems like whenever there's a "final" in India, Mumbai is selected by default for some reason.

  • Ben on May 18, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    Even I was surprised to read that MCA had agreed to the "conditions". All they did was agree to the reasons the Final was moved out. MCA objected to the moving and asked for the reason. IPL, as a courtesy, responded by listing the reason for moving the Finals out. The cost, the convenience and local banning of IPL owners including SRK. This should not have been construed as a requirement to move back the final. IPL might consider having a final or a play off match in future. I agree with IPL for their stand.

  • Carlton on May 18, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Mumbai isn't even going to make the final 4. So what's the big idea of having the final in Mumbai ? Mumbai officials think it's their God given right to everything cricket in India.

  • Dummy4 on May 18, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    Its blans unfair MI won the title last year and seserve the final at wankhede this year . Why are bcci breaking their own rules And those conditions dont make sense If it can host a world cup final succesfully Definitely an IPL FINAL should not be a problem Politics everywhere

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