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Brabourne Stadium (above) has only hosted the odd international encounters since the 1970s with Wankhede being Mumbai’s premier cricketing venue © Getty Images

Oct 1, 2013

The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Annual General Meeting (AGM) had passed a resolution which approved international cricket being staged at Cricket Club of India’s (CCI) Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. However, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) opposed this move and are unhappy with it.

Ravi Savant, the MCA president told Times of India, “I raised my objection to this resolution at the AGM. I said I will file my detailed objection in a letter to the Board. The Board cannot pass a resolution like that. The CCI comes under our (MCA’s) jurisdiction, and we are responsible for the development of the game here. Our request is that the MCA should be taken into confidence before any match is awarded to the CCI.”

The race to get the chance to host Sachin Tendulkar’s historic 200th Test also heats up and there are murmurs that Braborune too has become a contender with the latest decision. But Savant said that the MCA will host it at their Wankhede Stadium if it comes to Mumbai. Savant also said that they are talking to the Board about it.

Wankhede Stadium has been Mumbai’s major venue for almost three decades. After the 1970s, Brabourne has hosted only a few sporadic international encounters, the last one being the India-Sri Lanka Test match in 2009, when the hosts were crowned the number one side in Test cricket.