BCCI cannot give preference to one city over another for hosting important matches: Rajeev Shukla

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Mumbai. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice-president Rajeev Shukla, in response to Shiv Sena (BSP) leader Aditya Thackeray’s reaction, said that the board cannot give preference to one city over the other when it comes to hosting the crucial final.
Thackeray said that the grand welcome given to the T20 World Cup-winning Indian cricket team in Mumbai is also a message to the BCCI that never snatch the final match of any major tournament from the country’s financial capital.

Thackeray, a former Maharashtra minister, wrote in a post on ‘X’, “Yesterday’s celebration in Mumbai is also a strong message to the BCCI to never take away the World Cup final from Mumbai.” The BCCI had given the final of the ICC ODI World Cup in 2023 to Ahmedabad instead of Mumbai. India lost to Australia in the World Cup final held in November last year.

Shukla said, “The 1987 World Cup final has also been held in Kolkata and Kolkata is called the Mecca of cricket in India. Therefore, it cannot be decided that the final should be held in a particular city only.” He said, “Many semi-finals and finals have been held in Mumbai. Also, the Ahmedabad ground has a seating capacity of 1,30,000 spectators, so we have to look at the capacity as well.”

Shukla said, “Kolkata (Eden Gardens) has a very large capacity, which can accommodate around 80,000 spectators (around 66,000). It is the same in other cities as well.” He said, “This decision is taken keeping in mind the whole country and all the stadiums. You cannot be limited to just one venue.”

Shukla said, “We were very happy to see the people of Mumbai and their players gathering to welcome us. Mumbai is always our priority. But the entire BCCI decides where the finals should be held, where the semi-finals should be held. Every match is important.” He said, “Mumbai is always on our priority list. But saying that all the finals should be held in the same city. This does not happen in any country.”

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