Court asks BCCI, CCI to submit replies on ODI venue change

The BCCI, after allotting the India-WI fourth ODI on rotational basis to the MCA, had relocated the October 29 match to CCI once it came to light that MCA did not have an official to operate bank accounts and sign cheques.

The fourth ODI match between India and West Indies was relocated to CCI.   -  Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury

 

A division bench of the Bombay High Court comprising Justices B.R. Gavai and M.S. Karnik asked the BCCI and the Cricket Club of India (CCI) to submit replies on October 24, to the petition moved by five members of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) in the matter related to the fourth one-day international between India and West Indies here on October 29.

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The BCCI, after allotting the match on rotational basis to the MCA, relocated the match to CCI once it came to light that MCA did not have an official to operate bank accounts and sign cheques.

The BCCI, under instructions from the CoA, took the decision to shift the venue, after discussions with the officials eligible to represent the association.

The five MCA members have claimed that the BCCI took a unilateral decision and petitioned the Court to stay the decision to allot the match to CCI.

On Wednesday, senior lawyer Mukesh Vashi, representing the five MCA members, told the court that the CCI doesn’t promote cricket, is only a social club and not a full member of the BCCI, it’s capacity is far less than that at the Wankhede Stadium, and does not have fixed seats.

The CCI officials are confident that there will not be a change in the venue since it has a proven record of holding international matches and has previously received accolades from the BCCI for preparing top class pitches and providing other facilities.