IND v WI 2018: Mumbai Cricket Association asks CoA to explain the reason behind shifting of ODI from Wankhede

MCA CEO CS Naik, in an email to the CoA stated that they were not intimated by the BCCI in this regard and the development came as a "surprise" to them.

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The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) on Saturday (October 13) wrote a letter to BCCI's Committee of Administrators (CoA), asking them to explain the reason behind the shifting of fourth ODI between India and West Indies from Wankhede Stadium to the Cricket Club of India.

As per a report in PTI, MCA CEO CS Naik, in an email to the CoA stated that they were not intimated by the BCCI in this regard and the development came as a "surprise" to them.

"This is with reference to our trailing email regarding hosting of the 4th One Day International match between India and West Indies on 29th October 2018 at Wankhede Stadium. We have not received any communication from your end in this regard. We are surprised to learn from the media reports that the said match has been shifted to Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. We would request you to kindly let us know the reasons for shifting of the said match," Naik wrote in the mail.

MCA has also uploaded the said communication on its official website. It is worth mentioning here that the Brabourne Stadium has last hosted an ODI in 2006 while it last staged a Test match 9 years ago.

Besides Naik's email, the MCA has also publicized it's communication with the CoA on the conduct of the match and the committee's response to it. MCA, which is facing lots of difficulties, had cited financial constraints in hosting the match.

Earlier this year, the Bombay High Court had appointed a CoA comprising of two retired judges to monitor the affairs in MCA but they relinquished their charge on September 14. Since then there has been an administrative void in the MCA and there is no authorised person to look after its bank accounts.

Senior MCA officials, including managing committee member Ganesh Iyer, had met BCCI CEO Rahul Johri twice last week and urged the board officials to conduct the game, which was eventually shifted to CCI.

(With PTI inputs)


By Salman Anjum - 14 Oct, 2018

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