Pawar-led MCA to boycott IPL opener

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Miffed at being &quot;cold-shouldered&quot; by the IPL, the Sharad Pawar-led MCA has decided to boycott the opening ceremony and the first match of the T20 Leag

Updated: March 12, 2010 19:17 IST
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Miffed at being "cold-shouldered" by the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Sharad Pawar-led Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), among the founder members of the BCCI, has decided to boycott the opening ceremony and the first match of the Twenty20 League here on Friday.

"The MCA's managing committee met yesterday and decided to boycott the IPL opener as we had not received any invitation to attend it. The invites came around 7 pm after they learned of our decision and we are not going to attend it," said MCA Joint Secretary Lalchand Rajput on Friday.

Rajput said the managing committee was totally miffed at being ignored and was also furious that the Test cricketers produced by the association have also not been given any match credentials by IPL, a sub-committee of the BCCI, to attend it.

"Traditionally all Test cricketers are provided match tickets to attend international matches in Mumbai. Last time, we received 20 per cent of the seating capacity when the matches were held in the Wankhede Stadium, which is now under renovation. We want to see what happens when the IPL returns to our venue," the former India opener said.

Rajput said he personally spoke to Pawar (MCA chief) and apprised him of the managing committee's decision.

The MCA official also declared that even the second match of the League between the Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals, scheduled at the Cricket Club of India on Saturday, would also be boycotted.

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