Indian Premier League Final Moved From Wankhede To M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
The Mumbai Cricket Association got in touch with interim Board of Control for Cricket in India President Sunil Gavaskar on Monday "regarding the reasons for the change in the venue" of the Indian Premier League final from the Wankhede stadium, Mumbai, to the M. Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore, according to THE HINDU. MCA Joint Secretary Nitin Dalal said, "(MCA) President Sharad Pawar and Vice President Ravi Savant had discussions with BCCI and IPL officials. They assured us that their reply to our letter asking for the reasons for moving the final without intimidating us will reach us by Tuesday" (THE HINDU, 5/13). The MUMBAI MIRROR wrote Mumbai's fate as the venue for this year's IPL final is expected to become clearer "when the IPL Governing Council meets to decide on the protest letter it received" from the MCA against the shifting of the final from the Wankhede to the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. Savant said on Monday, "We are in communication with the BCCI and the Governing Council of IPL on the issue" (MUMBAI MIRROR, 5/13). In New Delhi, Sai Prasad Mohapatra wrote the IPL governing council on Saturday shifted the league final on June 1 from the Wankhede to the Chinnaswamy Stadium, leaving the MCA "fuming at the unilateral decision." The MCA "reacted sharply." A top MCA office-bearer said, "We can't take it lying down. We will raise our objections" (HINDUSTAN TIMES, 5/11).