The "unanimous" decision agaisnt Shahrukh Khan was taken at the MCA Managing Committee meeting called to discuss action on Kolkata Knight Riders owner © AFP
Mumbai: May 18, 2012
With the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) slapping a five-year ban on actor Shahrukh Khan from entering the Wankhede Stadium, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday said that a decision on this has to be taken by it.
"The decision has to be taken by BCCI. MCA can recommend but BCCI will take a final decision," BCCI vice president Rajiv Shukla, who heads the Indian Premier League (IPL) said.
The MCA on Friday slapped a five-year ban on Shahrukh Khan from entering the Wankhede Stadium over his alleged misbehaviour at the ground Wednesday night after an IPL match between Kolkata Knight Riders which he co-owns and Mumbai Indians.
The "unanimous" decision was taken at the MCA Managing Committee meeting called to discuss action on Khan who was involved in a skirmish with the security and officials of the association after KKR's victory over Mumbai Indians on Wednesday night.
MCA President Vilasrao Deshmukh, who chaired the meeting, said that his association was sending out a message that misbehaviour of any kind would not be tolerated.
"If rules are violated, action will be taken. It does not depend who the individual is. It's a message to everyone whosoever he or she may be that stern action will be taken if there is any misbehaviour," he told a press conference.
Khan had, however, had denied he had misbehaved and acted only after children, including his kids, were "manhandled" by the security staff.
"How can he go inside the ground without proper accreditation. Even I can't go inside the ground if not invited for presentation ceremony," he said.
"We have handed a five-year ban on him and it was a unanimous decision. It applies to any match whether domestic or international at the Wankhede," he said.
Asked if BCCI can reverse this decision to ban Khan, Deshmukh said, "We have taken a decision to protect the dignity of our association. BCCI is our parent body and we have written to them informing what had happened. We have no control over BCCI's decision. We are also an independent body with the Wankhede being our property." (IANS & PTI)