Mumbai: Feb 5, 2013
During a meeting on Tuesday, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to form a uniform guideline regarding who all can sit in the dug out or enter the playing arena of the stadium apart from the players during Indian Premier League (IPL) games.
This has been done in the wake of the controversy that erupted during the last edition of IPL when Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) principal owner Shahrukh Khan entered the Wankhede Stadium turf allegedly in an inebriated state and had massive altercations with MCA officials and one of the security guard, who supposedly misbehaved with the children accompanying the Bollywood superstar.
Incidentally, the MCA has baned Shahrukh from entering its premises for five years.
"There has been a discussion on this matter. Even a top BCCI official also agreed that the rule regarding franchise owners should be uniform at all venues," the member said.
"In fact, there was a question raised if Shahrukh is not allowed to enter Wankhede Stadium then whether he should be allowed to enter the playing arena of other stadiums. So the BCCI is planning to have a list of those individuals who will have the right to sit in the dug out or enter the playing arena once the match is complete," he added.
Meanwhile, Kolkata's Eden Gardens will be hosting the inaugural ceremony and the opening match of IPL 6 as well as the final game apart from one of the eliminators.
First Published: February 5, 2013, 5:34 pm