Fans in Bangalore, you can breathe easy now. The BCCI has rejected the Mumbai Cricket Association’s request to reinstate the match at the Wankhede Stadium. The IPL Governing Council had met on Saturday night and had declined the request, which means that Bangalore will host its first ever IPL final on June 1.
“The IPL governing council had considered the MCA’s request but opted to stick to their original decision to shift the venue of the final from Mumbai to Bangalore,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told the media.
The BCCI’s decision stirred disappointment and drama in equal measure as the MCA joint secretary Nitin Dalal expressed his deepest disappointment over the decision. “So far, the MCA hasn’t received any official confirmation. But if the BCCI have made the decision (to keep the final in Bangalore), then it’s absolutely disheartening not only for the MCA but more importantly for the cricket fans of Mumbai. The MCA had assured the IPL that all the necessary arrangements would be put in place before the final.”
The move to shift the final from Wankhede to Chinnaswamy stirred a lot of controversy as the BCCI’s tradition has been to allow the home ground of the previous year’s winners host the IPL final. The decision to shift the final out of Mumbai sparked protests in the Mumbai Cricket Assocaiation, with president Sharad Pawar asked the BCCI for reasons behind the snub. A couple of days after the Chairman of the IPL Ranjib Biswal responded to Pawar, the MCA managing committee decided to “accept all conditions” put forth by the IPL in a desperate bid to reclaim the IPL final. The MCA managaing committee, it is believed, misunderstood Biswal’s reply as a set of conditions, while Biswal outlined the reasons for the snub to the Wankhede stadium.
Bad news for Mumbai fans, but Bangalore fans can look forward to a magnificent occasion.