IPL Final: Mumbai Still not Certain to Host Match

IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal has reportedly asked Mumbai Cricket Association to meet with certain conditions like BCCI having access to the bulk of the hospitality box passes if IPL's title clash is to be held in Mumbai's Wankhede and not Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Updated: May 14, 2014 00:06 IST
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Mumbai: The impasse over the shift of the venue for the final of Indian Premier League took a new turn after IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal put the ball back in Mumbai Cricket Association's court by attaching a few riders in order to get the summit clash back from M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

Biswal on Tuesday replied to protest letter it received from the MCA attaching a list of do's and dont's which have been clearly defined in the letter.

"We got a letter from Ranjib Biswal but there are some conditions to host the finals. We have called for a managing committee meeting to discuss these conditions," MCA vice-president Ravi Savant told PTI.

Biswal confirmed to PTI that he has replied to the MCA's letter but refused to divulge the contents of it.

As per reliable sources, the primary condition was BCCI having access to the 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 organization of the first half in their country.

More hospitality box passes with BCCI means that MCA which had the monopoly on hospitality box passes will have to give up their share if they want the final to be back.

Another of the conditions laid was getting permission from the Mumbai Police to allow bursting of crackers and playing loud music post 10 pm which is not allowed as per state government diktat.

Some of the conditions listed out were no ambush marketing at the stadium, 85 per cent of the car parking with BCCI, and limited number of accreditation for the MCA.

Savant said a meeting would be held on Wednesday but it is unclear whether it would happen as the MCA office remains closed on account of Buddha Purnima.

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