Mumbai:The tradition-bound Cricket Club of India's (CCI) members have been asked to say "yes" or "no" through an Extraordinary General Meeting for hosting matches during this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Brabourne Stadium.
The February 27 EGM would decide whether to give or deny IPL "the exclusive use of the whole or substantially the whole of the Club House for their (IPL's) invitees, guests and cricket officials for a limited duration before, during and after match days".
CCI's CEO and Secretary, Kamaljeet Rajpal, has, in the notice, said that the IPL has offered the club "substantial seats in the stands of the stadium in lieu of the seating in the Club House which will be offered to members on a first come basis free of cost".
The IPL had demanded exclusive use of the entire club house to conduct matches in the inaugural edition of the IPL in April-May last year.
The CCI had rejected the demand and matches had to be held at the Wankhede Stadium, prior to the commencement of its make-over for hosting the 2011 World Cup matches, and at the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai which hosted the final too.
This year Wankhede is not available to host the home ties of Mumbai Indians, the franchise owned by Reliance Industries, and Brabourne Stadium of CCI is the only venue in South Mumbai that fits the bill.
The notice has asked the members to approve a resolution authorising its Executive Committee to negotiate, approve and finalise with the Cricket Board or MCA (wrongly termed as Maharashtra CA and not Mumbai CA) or IPL or Champions League or "other body or organisation" suitable terms for holding of the IPL T20 matches, including its finals, in April-May.
It further wanted the members to empower the EC to decide on hosting "similar other cricket matches at the Brabourne Stadium and to approve such terms in consonance with existing Bye Law 145 of the Club".
As per this bye law of the 75-year-old CCI, all members (barring temporary, short term or playing) shall be entitled to witness from the Club House all ordinary as well as special engagement on the Club grounds without payment of any charges.
An explanatory note from Rajpal to the members said that because of this bye law, framed several years ago, the CCI could not conduct 50-over and 20-over cricket matches without agreeing to part with a substantial number of seats in it's club house.
Rajpal, in his notice, has explained that the EC was seeking the approval of the General Body to achieve the main object of the CCI, which was to promote the game of cricket, and conducting the matches would enhance the prestige and reputation of the Club.