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Michael Vaughan. (Image Credits: Getty)
Michael Vaughan. (Image Credits: Getty)
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Michael Vaughan’s Big Praise For ‘Fewer Games’ Concept Of Pakistan Super League

Michael Vaughan, the former England captain and cricket pundit has lauded the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for having top-quality T20 players. Michael Vaughan in his tweet also mentioned the fact that PSL’s format leaves cricket fans “wanting a little bit more at the end” as it is shorter compared to other franchise leagues.

While the former England cricketer did not name any other league, his comments come just a month before the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which from this season will be a 10-team affair as compared to the eight teams it had till last season.

Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Michael Vaughan Tweets That Pakistan Super League Is Shorter And Leaves A Little Bit More At The End

The addition of two new teams in IPL will definitely mean more matches. The post attracted a lot of traction from Indian and Pakistani cricket fans who indulged in some banter and debate.

Michael Vaughan has continued with his instigating tweets on social media, this time praising the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL 2022) T20 tournament and then singling out some aspects that other T20 leagues in the world do not possess.

“The Pakistan Super league has it spot on … High-quality players … Fewer games than other tournaments making it a few weeks shorter … It leaves you wanting a little bit more at the end … Other tournaments don’t … #Pakistan,” Michael Vaughan tweeted.

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) was founded in September 2015 and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had to host its initial season in 2016 in United Arab Emirates (UAE) as many foreign players refused to come and play in Pakistan due to security reasons. Eventually, the league was moved to Pakistan in later years and since then it has been hosted in-country.

PSL 2022 Match In Progress Photo Credit: (PSL)
PSL 2022 Match In Progress Photo Credit: (PSL)

The league is often compared to neighbouring India’s India Premier League (IPL), which predates the PSL by 8 years and there is a huge gap pertaining to the amount a player is paid, both regarding home players and foreign cricketers, who have sometimes preferred IPL over PSL when the two leagues clashed.

Defending champions Multan Sultans will take on Lahore Qalandars in the qualifier on Wednesday at Gaddafi stadium in Lahore, while Islamabad United will take on Peshawar Zalmi in the first Eliminator of the tournament.

IPL 2022 Will Be Held Durin March-May Window At 4 Venues In Mumbai And Pune

IPL 2022 tournament is going to be held during the March-April-May window this year and it will be played across four venues. It has been decided that the tournament will be played at four venues – Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium, DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai, and MCA International Stadium in Pune.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

55 matches spread over three venues – Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium, and DY Patil Stadium – in Mumbai and 15 more matches in the MCA International Stadium in Pune is likely to be the distribution of the league games for IPL 2022

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

I Told BCCI These 2 Matches Are Going To Be My Last – Sachin Tendulkar Recalls His Conversation With The Board

It has been more than 8 years since Sachin Tendulkar played his final international game for India. On November 16, 2013, the jam-packed crowd at Wankhede Stadium saw his last walk off the ground.

In his final innings, he scored 74 runs and finished his career with a tally of 15,921 test runs in 200 matches with an average of 53.78 which included 51 centuries. Recalling the days, Sachin Tendulkar revealed that he requested BCCI to arrange the final test match in Mumbai so that his mother could watch him bat. It was the only time she watched him bat live in his whole career.

Sachin Tendulkar (C) with daughter Sara (L) and son Arjun (R). (Photo: Instagram/@sachintendulkar)
Sachin Tendulkar (C) with daughter Sara (L) and son Arjun (R). (Photo: Instagram/@sachintendulkar)

Sachin Tendulkar played his final Test match in Mumbai

“When I was about to play my last match, I told the board… the BCCI, that these two games are going to be my last but my only request and my wish is that I play my last game in Mumbai so that my mother could come to the stadium and watch. So they graciously agreed to host the last game in Mumbai and that’s the only time she has seen me play live in 24 years,” Tendulkar spoke to Graham Bensinger on his youtube channel.

Tendulkar also recalled that he was struggling to concentrate on batting when the mega-screen was showing her reaction after every ball.

Sachin Tendulkar carried on the shoulders of his teammates after the 2011 World Cup win | AFP
Sachin Tendulkar carried on the shoulders of his teammates after the 2011 World Cup win | AFP

“It was unbelievable. I was batting. They showed her on that mega-screen and she wasn’t aware of it. And the whole stadium is watching her reaction. I was anyway emotional, and in those emotions, you need to stay focussed. That was an important over, the last six balls but what I saw on the mega-screen was equally important.” he added.

He also revealed that other than his brother Ajit Tendulkar, none of his family members watched him bat live before.

It started from my school days. I kind of hated anyone watching me live. So my brother would hide somewhere behind a tree and watch me the whole day. So my brother has seen every match of my life.

“So, he would watch me and prepare his notes and we would be discussing that. Also, my brother kind of told all the family members that nobody is going to go and watch him. He has to perform… he has to score runs and if he is going to be distracted with family members, that is not going to work,” Tendulkar further stated.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images
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Sachin Tendulkar Reveals His Special Request To BCCI For His Final Test In 2013

Sachin Tendulkar recently revealed that ahead of his farewell series, he had spoken to the BCCI and urged the board to agree to his ‘only request’. It’s been over 8 years since Sachin Tendulkar played his final match for India, but looking back at it, his parting visuals still make his fans emotional.

Sachin Tendulkar called time on his 24-year-long illustrious career in November of 2013 after completing 200 Tests for India, finishing with over 33,000 international runs and 100 centuries.

Sachin Tendulkar walks off after playing his final innings for India. (BCCI)
Sachin Tendulkar walks off after playing his final innings for India. (BCCI)

Sachin Tendulkar Requested BCCI To Grant His Only Request To Play His Last Game In Mumbai So That His Mother Could Come To The Stadium And Watch

Besides it being Sachin Tendulkar’s last international match, another reason behind the Master Blaster getting emotional was the fact that for the first time in his career, his mother was in the stadium to watch him play.

Sachin Tendulkar recently revealed that ahead of his farewell series in 2013 against West Indies, he had spoken to the BCCI and urged the board to agree to his  ‘only request’.

“When I was about to play my last match, I told the board… the BCCI, that these two games are going to be my last but my only request and my wish is that I play my last game in Mumbai so that my mother could come to the stadium and watch.

“So they graciously agreed to host the last game in Mumbai and that’s the only time she has seen me play live in 24 years,” Tendulkar told Graham Bensinger.

Sachin Tendulkar after his last Test. Photo BCCI
Sachin Tendulkar after his last Test. Photo BCCI

“It was unbelievable. I was batting. They showed her on that mega-screen and she wasn’t aware of it. And the whole stadium is watching her reaction. I was anyway emotional, and in those emotions, you need to stay focussed. That was an important over, the last six balls but what I saw on the mega-screen was equally important.”

Sachin Tendulkar played his final Test in his hometown of Mumbai, a match that was attended by celebrities. He scored 74 in his final innings and once Mohammed Shami picked up the last wicket, the entire stadium and millions on their TV sets got up to give their beloved son a fitting farewell. As an emotional Sachin Tendulkar struggled to hold back tears, he paid a last visit to the pitch and paid his respects.

Sachin Tendulkar Revealed Only Brother Ajit Tendulkar Watched Him Play As His Brother Said He Will Get Distracted By Family Members

Sachin Tendulkar revealed how during his entire career, no one from his family watched him play live, barring his brother Ajit Tendulkar.

“It started from my school days. I kind of hated anyone watching me live. So my brother would hide somewhere behind a tree and watch me the whole day. So my brother has seen every match of my life. So he would watch me and prepare his notes and we would be discussing that.

“Also, my brother kind of told all the family members that nobody is going to go and watch him. He has to perform… he has to score runs and if he is going to be distracted with family members, that is not going to work,” revealed Tendulkar.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar (Image Credit: Twitter)

The iconic player announced his retirement from all formats of the game in 2013 and played his last Test series against West Indies on home soil. Sachin Tendulkar scored 84 runs from two innings after scoring 74 from 118 balls in the final Test innings of his career at his home ground Wankhede.

After eight years, the 48-year-old recalled his emotional moment when his mother, Rajni Tendulkar, was displayed on the big screen while he was batting in his final Test innings at the Wankhede.

Sachin Tendulkar currently holds the record for most hundreds in both Tests and ODIs. Incredibly, he retained a divine enthusiasm for the game till his last match. He also scored the first double-century in one-day cricket. In 2012, he became the first player to score 100 international centuries.

Later that year, though, he announced his retirement from ODIs. And on November 16, 2013, Sachin Tendulkar retired from Test cricket after a memorable 200th Test-the most by any player.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy, Image Credits: Twitter
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Maharashtra Government Announced 15-Day Curfew But IPL 2021 Won’t Be Affected

Maharashtra government on Tuesday announced a statewide curfew starting April 14 till May 1 to curb the spread of Covid-19, but it won’t affect the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches at the Wankhede Stadium.

However, the curfew will not have an effect on the Indian Premier League matches at the Wankhede Stadium. The 14th edition of the cash-rich league started on April 9. Mumbai is one of the six cities that has been slated to host the IPL 2021. Mumbai and Chennai are currently two bases where the IPL matches are going on.

Shikhar Dhawan of Delhi Capitals play a shot during match 2 of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2021 between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals held at the Wankhede Stadium Mumbai on the 10th April 2021.
Shikhar Dhawan. Photo by Arjun Singh/ Sportzpics for IPL

Maharashtra Government Announced Statewide Curfew But IPL Won’t Be Affected

Sources in the know of developments in the IPL organizing committee confirmed that the matches at the Wankhede Stadium would indeed be held as per the schedule.

“No effect on Mumbai matches as we have special permission, everything will go ahead as planned and we will take all necessary precautions,” the source told ANI.

Wankhede is slated to host 10 IPL games this season, out of which two have been played. There are eight games remaining in the Mumbai leg. Mumbai will be next hosting the match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals on Thursday and then on Friday, Punjab Kings and Chennai Super Kings will lock horns with each other.

In the 1st match at Mumbai, Delhi Capitals (DC) started their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaign with a 7-wicket victory against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Wankhede Stadium. Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw’s entertaining knocks at the top helped DC chase down a challenging total with ease.

Chasing a challenging target of 189, DC needed an aggressive start from their openers and the opening duo ensured that.

Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul during match vs RR on Monday (PTI Image)
Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul during the match vs RR on Monday (PTI Image)

In the 2nd match at Mumbai, Punjab Kings (PBKS) overcame a spirited Rajasthan Royals (RR) challenge, led by  Sanju Samson, and emerged victorious in a high-scoring thriller in Match 4 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium.

PBKS skipper KL Rahul led from the front, with a defining knock of 91 before Arshdeep Singh defended 13 runs in the last over, helping the side seal a 4-run win as Sanju Samson’s 119 went in vain.

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray Announced Statewide Curfew From April 14 To May 1 In View Of COVID-19 New Wave Strain

On Tuesday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced a statewide curfew starting 8 PM on April 14 till 7 AM, May 1 to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“We are imposing strict restrictions which will come into effect from 8 pm tomorrow. Section 144 to be imposed in the entire state from tomorrow. I will not term this as lockdown,” said Thackeray while addressing the state of Maharashtra.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray (ANI Photo)

“Local train and bus services for essential services only, petrol pumps, financial institutions associated with SEBI and construction work to continue, hotel/restaurants to remain closed only take-away, home deliveries allowed,” he added.

Cinema halls, theatres, auditoriums, amusement parks, gyms, sports complexes will also remain closed, announced the Maharashtra CM.

Sourav Ganguly- Twitter
Sourav Ganguly- Twitter
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Sourav Ganguly Confirms IPL 2021 Will Go On As Planned Despite Surge In COVID-19 Cases

Sourav Ganguly, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president on Sunday confirmed that everything will go on as per schedule in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

Sourav Ganguly’s confirmation comes just some hours after the Maharashtra government announced a weekend lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sourav Ganguly: Everything Will Go On As Per Schedule

Earlier Rajeev Shukla, the vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sounded confident that the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will go ahead “without any problem”, despite a rise in Covid-19 cases.

“Everything will go on as per schedule,” Sourav Ganguly told ANI.

Sourav Ganguly claims there were few such incidents during IPL 2020 in UAE too but the bio-secure bubble is safe and nothing happens when a player or staff member enters it. Sourav Ganguly said that the BCCI has got the permissions and assurances from the state government to host matches in Mumbai in case of lockdown in the state.

In the last 48 hours, various stakeholders, workers connected with IPL 2021 have tested positive in Mumbai. 10 Groundsman at Wankhede tested positive, 8-10 IPL Event managers tested positive, Nitish Rana(KKR)(tested negative later), Axar Patel (DC), Devdutt Padikkal (RCB) tested positive and 1 member of CSK Staff tested positive.

Maharashtra will enter a strict weekend lockdown from Friday 8 pm to Monday 7 am, said state Cabinet Minister Nawab Malik adding that essential services and transportation including buses, trains, and taxis will be allowed. The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting today in view of surging COVID-19 cases, he told reporters.

“A cabinet meeting took place today and some important decisions were taken related to COVID-19. Strict rules have been made and they will be enforced from 8 pm tomorrow. The night curfew will be in force from 8 pm to 7 am. During the daytime, section 144 will be in force from tomorrow prohibiting more than five people to gather at one place.

“A decision has been taken to shut down malls, restaurants, bars. Take away services will continue. Essential services will be allowed. Government offices will open with 50 percent capacity. Industries will continue. There is no restriction on construction work, markets,” Nawab Malik said.

Wankhede Stadium IPL @ians
Wankhede Stadium IPL @ians

“A decision has also been taken to impose strict lockdown from 8 pm on Friday to 7 am on Monday in Maharashtra. The decision has been taken after consultations,” he added.

Wankhede Stadium is set to host 10 IPL games this season from April 10-25. The first match at the Mumbai stadium is slated to be played on April 10 between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings. Four franchises — Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians, Punjab Kings, and Rajasthan Royals have set up their base in Mumbai as of now.

The fifth franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is also based in Mumbai currently, but they will soon move to Chennai to play their first match against SunRisers Hyderabad on April 11.

Rajeev Shukla: The Only Solution Is To Get Vaccinated

The BCCI is also thinking of players’ vaccination ahead of the IPL with BCCI vice president Rajeev Shukla saying that the board will get in touch with the Health Ministry for players’ vaccination.

“In order to cope with this coronavirus rise, I think the only solution is to get vaccinated. BCCI is also thinking on those lines that players should be vaccinated. Nobody knows when coronavirus is going to end and you can’t give a deadline that by this time frame, it will not be there so players can play easily. So, I think now will have to think over that. Vaccination should be done for the players also,” Shukla told ANI.

Rajeev Shukla File photo | Twitter/Rajeev Shukla
Rajeev Shukla File photo | Twitter/Rajeev Shukla

When asked if BCCI has written to the Health Ministry regarding players’ vaccination, Rajeev Shukla said the BCCI is mulling over the idea and they will definitely get in touch with the ministry that players should be vaccinated.

IPL
IPL trophy (Image Credit: Twitter)
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IPL 2021: 8 Groundsmen At Wankhede Stadium Tested COVID-19 Positive

IPL 2021 is set to kick-off on April 9 in Chennai while the Mumbai leg of the matches is scheduled to be held between April 10 and April 25 with the first match to be played between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals at the venue.

A total of 10 matches will be played at the Wankhede Stadium. A total of six bio-bubbles are being organized for the IPL, with Mumbai being one of the venues.

IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

IPL 2021 Suffers Setback As 8 Of 19 Groundsmen Tested Covid-19 Positive

The preparation for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 matches at the Wankhede Stadium suffered a setback when eight of the 19 groundsmen at the stadium tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday.

Wankhede Stadium IPL @ians
Wankhede Stadium IPL @ians

While the IPL 2021 will be played behind closed doors because of the Covid situation in the country, the groundsmen testing positive is definitely a worrying sign and a cause of concern. Mumbai is in the middle of an intense second wave of the pandemic. Most of the groundsmen don’t stay on the ground and have to commute daily, mostly by train.

Mumbai Cricket Association Plans To House The Groundsmen At The Stadium Itself Immediately

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is now planning to house the staff at the ground itself till the matches are over. With a week to go for the start of the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League, Wankhede Stadium, which is one of the IPL venues, could miss out on hosting matches in the premier event. Eight groundsmen at the Wankhede have tested positive for the coronavirus and that has created panic among the officials.

“We will make arrangements for the ground staff at the stadium itself with immediate effect. We have many rooms at the ground where they can be housed,” said an MCA official. “There will be no threat to IPL matches at the Wankhede. We will be ready by the time the tournament starts,” he added.

A file photo of the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai
A file photo of the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai (Courtesy of BCCI)

MCA was also in talks with Wankhede curator Ramesh Mhamunkar about whether he needs additional staff to get the ground ready. MCA has in-house ground staff at their facility at BKC and Kandivali who can be called over to help with the preparation for the duration of the tournament.

Wankhede is set to host 8-9 matches in IPL 2021 this season, but with the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the state, BCCI may likely have to move IPL 2021 out of Mumbai. There is no official confirmation on this. 19 groundsmen working at the iconic Wankhede went through RT-PCR tests (Covid tests) last week. Three of them tested positive on March 26, while five more tests conducted on April 1 returned positive results.

The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League will be played across 6 venues in India from April 9 to May 30. Chennai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Bengaluru have been zeroed in by the BCCI.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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MCA To Give Sunil Gavaskar A Permanent Box At Wankhede For 50 Years Since Debut

MCA-Mumbai Cricket Association will give cricket legend former opener Sunil Gavaskar a permanent box at the iconic Wankhede Stadium on March 9, as a ‘special gift’ on the occasion of 50 years since his international debut against the West Indies in 1971.

The 71-year-old opening batsman turned commentator famously made his Test debut against the West Indies at Port of Spain on March 6, 1971, scoring 65 and 67 not out. He then went on to score an incredible 774 runs averaging 154.80 which remains the most number of runs by any batsman in his maiden Test series playing a massive role in India beating one of the strongest sides in world cricket at that time on its home turf.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

MCA Decided To Allot A Special Box To Sunil Gavaskar In July

The MCA’s Apex Council had in July last year decided to allot a special box to legendary Sunil Gavaskar on the occasion of him completing 50 years since his international debut in 1971. The MCA had decided on this gesture as a mark of restoring his two fixed seats at the Wankhede Stadium which were missing after the stadium was refurbished before the 2011 World Cup.

On Saturday, Sunil Gavaskar was invited by the MCA to the Wankhede Stadium, where president Vijay Patil and secretary Sanjay Naik showed him where the box, containing 10-12 seats, named after him would be situated.

MCA's Wankhede Stadium
Wankhede Stadium. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“We are delighted to honour one of the world’s greatest opening batsman to ever play the game and India’s pride, the legendary Shri Sunil Gavaskar with a permanent box at our Iconic Wankhede stadium. Today, we gave him a tour of the proposed box which will be formally assigned on March 9 when we felicitate the Indian legend on completing 50 years since making his international debut,” MCA president Vijay Patil told TOI on Saturday.

During his visit to the Wankhede Stadium, Sunil Gavaskar met the Chief Justice of Supreme Court SA Bobde as the judges were playing their annual game against the advocates.

MCA Formerly BCA Reserved 2 Seats Each For Sunil Gavaskar, Lata Mangeshkar And JRD Tata In 1988

After Sunil Gavaskar retired, in 1988 the Bombay Cricket Association (BCA, as it was known as then) president SK Wankhede reserved two seats each for the corporate giant JRD Tata, famed singer Lata Mangeshkar and Sunil Gavaskar in the front row of the Garware pavilion bench.

Lata Mangeshkar
Lata Mangeshkar. Getty Images.

Sunil Gavaskar scored 10122 runs in 125 Tests averaging 51.12 hitting as many as 34 tons. Sunil Gavaskar was the first Test cricket player to make over 10,000 runs. He held the record for the highest number of Test centuries (34) before Sachin Tendulkar went past him in 2005. He broke Donald Bradman’s record 29 Test centuries going on to get 34.

Wankhede Stadium, MS Dhoni, Ajit Agarkar
MS Dhoni. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Ajit Agarkar Agrees To Have MS Dhoni Seat In Wankhede Stadium

MS Dhoni’s gigantic winning six in the grand finale of the World Cup 2011 victory at the iconic Wankhede Stadium is the ever-lasting memory of every Indian fan. To cherish that memory forever, Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is looking to name an MS Dhoni seat in the stand where his famous World Cup-winning six had landed. Former Indian cricketer Ajit Agarkar has also agreed to MCA’s proposal 

Recently, the video of that six went viral all over Social Media after MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket. The former Indian captain through an Instagram post informed the cricket world that he has decided to hang his boots. He shared an emotional video clip that had all the fond memories of him during his journey. 

Ajit Agarkar backs MCA’s proposal to have MS Dhoni seat: 

Ajit Agarkar
Ajit Agarkar. Image Credit: Getty Images.

MCA apex council member Ajinkya Naik has proposed to find out the area in the Wankhede Stadium where that World Cup-winning six landed. That seat in the stand would be named on MS Dhoni.

Ajit Agarkar stated that no one would have the problem if a seat is named after the World Cup winner. He said that it was the historic shot that led India to lift the coveted trophy after 28 years.

“I don’t think anyone would have a problem if the seat at Wankhede Stadium is named after MS Dhoni after that particular shot. It was a historic one as it took India 28 years to win the World Cup again,” Agarkar said on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. Image Credits: Twitter

Dhoni retired from international cricket after playing 350 ODIs, 90 Tests and 98 T20Is in his career, amassing 10,773, 4876 and 1617 runs in the three formats respectively. He led India to win three ICC trophies, ICC World Cup 2011, T20 World Cup 27 and Champions Trophy 2013.

MS Dhoni would be seen in action for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League 2020 in the UAE starting from 19th September.

IPL Franchise Should Give More Opportunity To Indian Coaches: Dilip Vengsarkar
Dilip Vengsarkar. Photo Credit: Twitter,
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Three Blocks To Be Named After Dilip Vengsarkar At Wankhede Stadium

The MCA decided in a top council meeting to name the north stand at the Wankhede stadium after former India captain — Dilip Vengsarkar. Apex Council member Nadim Memon had proposed this move last month and it was accepted unanimously in the council meeting.

Former Indian chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar will also be included in its museum committee which includes ex-MCA president Ravi Savant, ex-BCCI official Ratnakar Shetty, MCA CEO CS Naik, ex-BCCI media manager Devendra Prabhudesai, ex-committee member Naveen Shetty and senior journalist Clayton Murzello.

Three Blocks To Be Named After Dilip Vengsarkar At Wankhede Stadium 1
Credits: Twitter

Dilip Vengsarkar To Be Honoured With 3 Stands After His Name at The Iconic Wankhede Stadium

The MCA has decided to name three blocks from the far eastern end of the North Stand at the iconic Wankhede Stadium after former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar.

“The Apex Council was unanimous in their approval to name a stand after Vengsarkar. The Chief Executive Officer will assess the exact place [for the honour],” MCA secretary Sanjay Naik told mid-day.

Dilip Vengsarkar
Photo Credit: Twitter

Dilip Vengsarkar who was former chief selector also served as the MCA vice-president from 2001 to 2017. The former Indian batsman scored 6868 Test runs, including 17 Test hundreds, besides 3508 runs in 129 ODIs.

Sunil Gavaskar To Be Honoured By MCA

The MCA has also decided to honour Sunil Gavaskar to commemorate 50 years of his Test debut on March 6, 2021. MCA secretary also confirmed that a similar honour will be given to other Mumbai legends of Cricket.

The Apex Council has unanimously agreed to honour the living legend with 10 AC box tickets. Even other living Mumbai legends will be given a similar honour once the office-bearers finalise the criteria,” said MCA secretary Sanjay Naik.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. Image Credit: Twitter.

The museum at the Wankhede stadium has also got a green signal from the council. However, secretary Naik and joint secretary Shahalam Sheikh are not a part of the committee, which has not gone down well with them, according to sources.

Wankhede Stadium, MS Dhoni, Ajit Agarkar
MS Dhoni. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Wankhede Stadium May Have A MS Dhoni ‘Seat’

MS Dhoni’s gigantic winning six in the grand finale of the World Cup 2011 victory at the iconic Wankhede Stadium is the ever-lasting memory of every Indian fan. To cherish that memory forever, Mumbai Cricket Association(MCA) is looking to name an MS Dhoni seat in the stand where his famous World Cup-winning six had landed. 

The video of that six went viral all over Social Media after MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket. The former Indian captain through an Instagram post informed the cricket world that he has decided to hang his boots. He shared an emotional video clip that had all the fond memories of him during his journey. 

Wankhede Stadium May Have A MS Dhoni 'Seat' 2
MS Dhoni hitting the World Cup-winning Six. Image Credit: Getty Images.

As reported in The Indian Express, MCA apex council member Ajinkya Naik on Monday wrote a letter to the association where he proposed to find out the area in the Wankhede Stadium where that World Cup-winning six landed. That seat in the stand would be named on MS Dhoni. 

“As an act of gratitude and tribute to Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s immense contribution to Indian cricket, the MCA can devote a permanent seat on his name at the stand where his famous World Cup-winning six had landed,” read Naik’s letter, which has been accessed by The Indian Express. 

“We can find out the area where the ball landed – and which seat it was flying to – after Dhoni smashed it to win the 2011 World Cup.”

MS Dhoni seat would be decorated uniquely: 

Wankhede Stadium May Have A MS Dhoni Seat
Image Credit: Getty Images.

Naik proposed to decorate the seat in a unique way and make it a tourist attraction. A plaque may also be added on that seat with some special text to honour that moment. 

“We can paint and decorate the seat in a unique way to celebrate Dhoni’s association with historical Wankhede Stadium in Indian cricket history,” Naik’s letter said. 

“The seat could also be used as a major tourist attraction, like a paid tour of the stadium perhaps. It will allow the fans to relive the most glorious moment in Indian cricket and it will be part of MCA’s heritage. We can have a plaque on that seat with some special text to honour that moment.”

It’s the first time there has been an offer for a specific seat in a stadium, and not an entire stand, to be named after a player in India. So far, the Wankhede Stadium has dedicated a few areas to former players.

There is the Sachin Tendulkar Stand, the Sunil Gavaskar Stand, and Vijay Merchant Stand. There’s also the Polly Umrigar Gate and Vinoo Mankad Gate.

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