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MCA awaiting Sunny reply

Mumbai: The IPL governing council will take a final call on Tuesday with regards to the protest letter it has received from the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) against the shifting of IPL VII final from the Wankhede in Mumbai to the Chinnaswamy in Bangalore.

“We had a managing committee meeting today and the members were apprised of the media release put out by the BCCI about the shifting of the final to Bangalore. We are also in communication with BCCI and the governing council of the IPL on the issue,” said Ravi Savant, vice-president of MCA, who chaired Monday’s managing committee meeting.

“Mr Sunil Gavaskar (interim president of BCCI on IPL matters) has told us that they will discuss the letter and come back to us with their decision on Tuesday. We are hopeful it will be in favour of the MCA,” he added.

MCA got a jolt last Saturday when the governing council decided to shift the final of the tournament on June 1 to the Chinnaswamy without assigning any specific reason for making the change.

“Considering that 20 matches of the ongoing IPL season were played overseas, the governing council took a decision to try and take the playoffs to as many different stadia as possible. Several venues had expressed their interest in hosting the playoffs,” the BCCI media release on the revised schedule had said.

MCA president Sharad Pawar had shot off a protest letter to the governing council and all BCCI members, demanding to know the real reason behind shifting the final to Bangalore. Protesting against the BCCI move, the officials of the MCA handed over their IPL accreditation to the tournament organisers on Sunday.

“The office bearers of the 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 any proper reason,” MCA treasurer Vinod Deshpande had said on Sunday.

Monday’s meeting was convened at a short notice to decide on the future. (PTI)