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IPL final may return to Mumbai after being shifted to Bangalore

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 - 7:40am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

After the IPL Governing Council on May 10 decided to shift the June 1 final from Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is "optimistic" of the final coming back to the city.

The MCA held an emergency meeting on Monday and has written to the IPL GC asking for reasons for the shift. "We have not received anything in writing about shifting the final away from Mumbai," MCA joint secretary PV Shetty told dna.

"We did not know the actual reasons as to why it was shifted. Our vice-president Ravi Savant has spoken with BCCI interim president for the duration of the IPL, Sunil Gavaskar about the issue. Gavaskar will talk to the members of the IPL GC and get back to us on Tuesday. We are very optimistic of the IPL final coming back to Mumbai," he said.

Nitin Dalal, joint secretary, MCA, said that a letter has been sent to IPL GC based on the reports in the media and the IPL GC press release on May 10 stating the shift of the final from Mumbai to Bangalore. "We have asked them for the reasons. We are waiting for their reply. We can get the required permissions from the authorities. As a special case, the Mumbai police will help us with the necessary permissions including the late night noise."

Dalal too was confident of the final coming back to Mumbai. "Why not? There should be some reason for taking away the final from Mumbai. And we can get permissions from the authorities. Let's wait and see," Dalal said.

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