MCA meeting to decide IPL final venue

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Sharad Pawar would have the final say on whether the IPL final gets played at the Wankhede Stadium or the DY Patil Academy.

Updated: May 20, 2008 13:49 IST
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An emergency meeting of the Mumbai Cricket Association's managing committee has been convened here on Thursday following opposition to the move to shift the final of the Indian Premier League from the Wankhede Stadium here to the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.

IPL authorities have cited absence of a proper place for having a TV control room for live telecast of the June 1 showpiece tie of the Twenty20 event.

But according to MCA sources, the logic does not hold water as the same facilities would be in vogue for the matches preceding the final to be played at the Wankhede Stadium.

That long list of ties to be played at the Wankhede includes two semi finals on May 30 and 31 after the conclusion of league ties to be held on Thursday, May 16 and May 21.

Sources also said the shamiana, behind the Garware club house block that houses the restaurant with the whole venue undergoing a massive renovation, will be given for the exclusive use of the TV personnel during the IPL match days after the restaurant contractor agreed to shift it to another place inside the premises.

"This could be the argument that can be put forth by the managing committee members to Sharad Pawar for keeping the final at the Wankhede Stadium (the original venue)," they added.

But ultimately Pawar, under whose chairmanship the meeting would be held, would decide the issue, they added.

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