IPL GC Decides to Hold Final Match in B’lore
The Indian Premier League’s (IPL) governing council on Sunday turned down the Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) appeal to shift back the final match of the T20 tournament to Wankhede stadium, the home ground of last year’s champion Mumbai Indians.
The decision came even as the MCA accepted all the conditions set by IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal, including the one that sought entry for all franchise owners and officials. Acceptance of this condition effectively lifted for a day the five-year ban imposed on the entry of Kolkata Knight Riders' owner Shah Rukh Khan to Wankhede stadium. Sanjay Patel, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said on Sunday that the final will be played as scheduled in Bangalore’s Chinnaswamy Stadium on June 1.
“All the letters sent by MCA were discussed but IPL governing council members decided that they don’t want to change the venue. Mumbai is already getting two matches of the final four,” Patel said. “They (MCA) have not got the permission to burst crackers and use a public response system after 10 pm as yet and we do not have more time.” Patel said all permissions required for hosting the final in Bangalore are in place.
The MCA was surprised last week when the GC decided to shift the final to Bangalore without giving a specific reason.
“Considering that 20 matches of the ongoing Pepsi IPL season were played overseas, the GC took a decision to try and take the playoffs to as many different stadia as possible,” it had said in a statement.