The members of the Cricket Club of India on Wednesday gave a green signal to the club’s Executive Committee for hosting seven IPL ties this summer at the Brabourne Stadium as per a proposed deal offered by the Mumbai Indians (MI) franchise outfit.
“We informed the members, whoever were present, about the proposal we have received from the Mumbai Indians and there was no objection. They were all very happy,” said CCI Chief Executive and Secretary Kamaljeet Rajpal after an Open House session at the club’s premises.
Meanwhile, the IPL itself is awaiting the go-ahead from the Central Government to conduct its 45-day mega event.
The agreement now needs to be signed by the CCI, which owns the stadium in South Mumbai, and the MI to enable the hosting of all seven of the franchise’s home matches, Rajpal said.
As per the proposed two-year deal, CCI stood to gain Rs 1.05 crore by hosting the seven home matches of the team owned by Indiawin Sports Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries.
A total of 700 seats on the first floor of the CCI pavilion’s west wing, including the President’s Box, would be given to MI during match days, according to the proposal by Mumbai Indians.
Six hundred more seats from the members’ children’s stand would be given away to the MI for its use and, in lieu of this, CCI has been offered the same number of seats in the West Stand by the franchise team.
The proposed deal allows CCI members “unfettered use of the Club House” during the match days while Mumbai Indians would have full use of the ground during match days and two days prior to the matches during the teams’ practice sessions.
The proposed deal can be extended for a further two years by mutual agreement, the members were informed.
Welcoming the CCI members’ decision, Nita Ambani, owner of Mumbai Indians, said, “We are excited about Brabourne Stadium hosting out home matches. The stadium has iconic value in world cricket and has a special attraction for young and exciting cricketers several of whom will be playing for the first time.
“I am joined by Sachin Tendulkar (captain of the team) and the entire team in thanking the CCI members.”