The IPL Governing Council’s decision to shift the final of the ongoing T20 league from Mumbai to Bengaluru without providing adequate reasoning has irked the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA). The BCCI member association has now decided to conduct an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss the BCCI’s snub and the future course of action.
"There will be a managing committee meeting of the MCA to discuss the IPL issue," MCA's media manager and treasurer Vinod Deshpande told PTI.
Protesting the Cricket Board's move, officials of the MCA have already handed over their IPL accreditations to the tournament organisers. The meeting is apparently being convened at short notice to decide on the future course of action with some members not willing to take things lying down over what they perceive as a slap on the face of one of BCCI's permanent Test centres. The convening of emergency meeting of MCA's managing committee comes close on the heels of the office bearers and panel members' decision to hand over their IPL accreditations.
"We have handed over all our IPL accreditations. The office bearers of MCA, managing committee members and the volunteers connected with the tournament have done so as we are not happy that the final has been taken away without assigning proper reason," said Deshpande.
Earlier, MCA President, Sharad Pawar had shot off a letter to the IPL Governing Council and all BCCI members demanding the real reason behind shifting the June 1 final from the Wankhede Stadium to Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium. "The letter by Mr Pawar has asked for the reason for this decision by the Governing Council," Deshpande informed.
In a decision that came as a jolt for MCA, IPL's GC got involved in a teleconference and decided to allot the final to the Karnataka Cricket Association. The May 30 Qualifier 2, however, is scheduled as per original fixture at the Wankhede Stadium, which has already hosted three home games of Mumbai Indians and is set to host two more on May 23 and 25.
The May 28 eliminator has been allotted to the Cricket Club of India's Brabourne Stadium. One top official of MCA has said that they now want all the remaining matches scheduled at the Wankhede to be shifted elsewhere.