Sharad Pawar © IANS (File Photo)
Sharad Pawar will chair a meeting of the Managing Committee convened on August 2 © IANS (File Photo)

Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) wants its headquarters, currently based in Wankhede Stadium in South Mumbai, to be shifted to Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA)-owned ground in suburban Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). BCCI has requested the MCA to provide sufficient space for shifting its headquarters to the latter’s ground in BKC, which has emerged as a new business district in the suburbs. “We are already planning to construct a new structure on the opposite side of the clubhouse at our BKC complex and would accommodate the request to shift the BCCI’s office to the same premises,” an MCA source told PTI. READ: Aditya Verma writes to CMs of states not recognised by BCCI

“They want to shift as BKC is much closer to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport. We plan to build a small media gallery and some residential rooms in that structure. The plan is to part with a section of this area to the BCCI to enable them to shift their office,” the source said.

MCA President Sharad Pawar, a former chief of BCCI, will chair a meeting of the Managing Committee convened on August 2 to finalise the matter. Once the BCCI shifts to BKC, the current area it’s occupying in the Wankhede Stadium would be taken up by MCA. The other two important items on the agenda of the meeting are the extension of MCA presidential box to provide for more seats in the Wankhede Stadium and discussion on cricketer Ankeet Chavan’s request to remove the ban on him after he was cleared of spot-fixing charges by a Delhi Court. READ: Paytm win BCCI sponsorship rights for all Indian domestic and international matches till 2019

“The presidential box would be extended to accommodate 200 more seats. This would come up for discussion. Chavan’s letter to MCA would also be taken up. He has been cleared of spot-fixing charges by the court but the BCCI has banned him for violation of Code of Conduct,” he added. Mumbai-based left-arm spinner Chavan, who was with Rajasthan Royals, was cleared of the charges related to the 2013 edition of IPL recently and wants the ban imposed on him by BCCI to be lifted so that he can resume his cricket career. He has written a formal letter to MCA to this effect.