IPL Chairman, Ranjib Biswal has put forth certain stipulations in his reply to the Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) letter requesting the BCCI to reconsider its decision to shift the final of the T20 tournament from Mumbai to Bengaluru.
Biswal replied to the protest letter it received from the MCA attaching a list of dos and don’ts, which have been clearly defined in the letter. “We got a letter from Ranjib Biswal but there are some conditions to host the finals. We have called for a managing committee meeting to discuss these conditions,” MCA vice-president Ravi Savant told PTI.
Biswal confirmed that he has replied to the MCA’s letter but refused to divulge the contents of it. As per reliable sources, the primary condition was BCCI having access to the bulk of the hospitality box passes as they would have a number of high-profile guests arriving from various parts of the world.
This includes some of the ministers of the UAE government, who had helped in organising the first half of the tournament. More hospitality box passes with BCCI means that MCA, which had the monopoly on hospitality box passes will have to give up their share if they want the final to be reassigned to Wankhede stadium.
Another of the conditions laid was getting permission from the Mumbai Police to allow bursting of crackers and playing loud music post 10 pm which is not allowed as per state government diktat. Some of the conditions listed out were no ambush marketing at the stadium, 85 per cent of the car parking with BCCI, and limited number of accreditation for the MCA. Savant said the meeting would be held on Wednesday but it is unclear whether it would happen as the MCA office remains closed on account of Buddha Purnima.