Mumbai Premier League set to get underway in January 2018
The tournament is slated to have 6 franchises.
Updated - Nov 29, 2017 11:00 am
The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has confirmed that the inaugural edition of the Mumbai Premier League (MPL) will get underway in early 2018. The tournament is stated to be played in the first week of January. The expected dates for the tournament has been slotted as January 4 to January 9. The tournament promises to be an ideal platform for the Mumbai cricketers.
As per the recent reports in the Mid Day, the MCA has received proposals and offers from four different conglomerates to run the much hyped Mumbai Premier League. Some of the sources at the MCA conceded that it is going to be a big opportunity for the association, as well as for the players to perform ahead of the IPL auctions next year.
“Four interested firms were invited today for their final offer and IIFL Group/Associates and Wizcraft presented a proposal of R16 crore for five years to run this league. It is a very good offer and there was a vast financial difference as compared to the other proposals. Hence, we decided to go with them [IIFL Group/Associates and Wizcraft],” said MCA sources.
Big Stars missing
However, two of the biggest iconic faces of the Mumbai cricket – Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane – are expected to miss the inaugural edition of the Mumbai Premier League. Both the players will be on national duty as the South African tour coincides with the same dates. Meanwhile, the tournament is slated to have 6 franchises and it will be interesting to see who leads the 6 teams.
Other developments at the MCA
In other developments, the disciplinary committee of the MCA have taken a strict action against the Mumbai U19 captain, Agni Chopra. They have suspended him for three matches. Recently, Agni was in the firing range for having abused the Mumbai U19 coach and the selectors of the MCA.