MUMBAI: The MCA’s stand-off with the BCCI on hosting the IPL final at the Wankhede Stadium on June 1 may actually end with an unexpected piece of good news for Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.
The Kolkata Knight Riders’ owner, who was banned from the Wankhede Stadium by the MCA for five years after an altercation with the association’s officials in 2012 post an IPL game involving his team, may be allowed to enter the stadium and watch the final from the stands, even though his ban is officially supposed to end in 2017.
One of the conditions that the IPL Governing Council (GC) has put forward to the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to change its stance of awarding the final to Bangalore, is that “all the team owners, including Shah Rukh Khan must be allowed entry into the Wankhede for the final.”
It remains to be seen if the MCA agrees to this condition, since the members Shah Rukh had a tiff with a couple of years back are still around.
An official, however, didn’t rule out cutting short SRK’s ban to ‘bring back’ the final to Mumbai from Bangalore.
“We may call a Managing Committee (MC) meeting to end the ban. We will also take MCA president Sharad Pawar’s view on this matter,” he said.
On Tuesday, the IPL GC, after a meeting at the BCCI office here, decided to defer the decision over the protest letter it received from Pawar on Sunday, after it was announced a day earlier that the IPL final would be shifted to Bangalore from Mumbai.