IPL GC De­cides to Hold Fi­nal Match in B’lore

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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.

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