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Biswal puts the ball back in MCA court

Calcutta/Mumbai: The impasse over the IPL VII final match’s venue shift took a new turn after (IPL) governing council chairman Ranjib Biswal put the ball back in Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA)’s court by attaching a few riders if the summit clash was to be moved back to the Wankhede from Bangalore.

Biswal, on Tuesday, replied to the protest letter from the MCA by attaching a list of dos and don’ts that have been clearly defined in the letter. “We got a letter from Ranjib Biswal, but there are some conditions to host the final. We have called for a managing committee meeting to discuss these conditions,” MCA vice-president Ravi Savant said.

Savant said the meeting would be held on Wednesday itself, but it is unclear whether it would go ahead as the MCA office remains closed due to Buddha Purnima.

“The final will be back to Mumbai only if MCA officials accept the conditions. Else, Bangalore will remain as the venue for the summit clash,” IPL governing council member Subir Ganguly categorically mentioned.

Ganguly, though, was sceptical on the possibilities of the final going back to the Wankhede as was scheduled earlier. “At the moment, it’s difficult to say. First, let us see what reply the MCA comes out with to Biswal’s letter,” he remarked.

The primary condition was BCCI having access to 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 smooth organisation of the first phase of the competition.

Some of the other conditions listed out were no ambush marketing at the stadium, 85 per cent of the car parking with BCCI.