India vs Windies: The fourth ODI in Mumbai likely to be moved out

The second ODI has already been shifted from Indore to Visakhapatnam.

Wankhede stadium Mumbai Test, MCA
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. (Photo by Graham Crouch/Getty Images)

Team India is scheduled to meet the Windies on 29 October in Mumbai during the fourth ODI of the five-match series. With the game just around 20 days away, most of the preparations should have been done by now. At least, the plans and the proposals should have been ready. However, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is in a state of a dilemma over the conduction of this match.

The MCA has got no office bearers at the moment. Hence, there isn’t anyone to overlook or sign the payments. As a result, the MCA is currently battling with the lack of both time and money for the preparations for the game.

Administrator’s term ended on September 15

Bombay High Court-appointed two Committee of Administrators, justice VN Kanade and Hemant Gokhale earlier under whom the MCA was functioning. However, their term ended on September 15. The High Court didn’t extend their term and the BCCI’s CoA handed over the charge to CEO CS Naik. So, there isn’t any signatory authority at the moment.

“MCA doesn’t have any signatory, so who will sign payments, who will appoint vendors? Who will conduct the entire game? In such circumstances, it will be very difficult for us to hold an international game. We will put all this case in front of BCCI let them take a call,” sources were quoted as saying by the Indian Express.

Earlier, the MCA couldn’t pay the bill of Rs 16 lakhs of the Vijay Hazare Trophy team which was staying in a hotel in Bengaluru for 21 days. So they had to request the BCCI to make the payments. The MCA will meet BCCI’s CEO Rahul Johri to chalk out a plan in order to make payments to its vendors and employees.

The game will be moved out of India’s financial capital if there isn’t any signatory authority assigned within the stipulated time.

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