With less than 2 weeks to go for the opening ball of the inaugural season fo Mumbai T20 league, the organizers suffered a jolt as one of the team owners withdrawing from the league this week. The owners of the Mumbai North team who had purchased the franchise for INR 6.5 crore decided to forfeit their contract. However, a situation which could have turned disastrous for the league was quickly controlled as the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) was approached by Route SMS, a mobile company, who agreed to match the previous owner’s bid.
MCA approached by Route SMS as a bidder for Mumbai North team in the Mumbai T20 league
The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) had to call in an emergency meeting to rectify the situation, as reported Mid-Day. However, Route SMS, which also owns a lot of clubs affiliated with MCA decided to step in and fortunately the deal was struck. The auction will be held on Saturday this week with almost all the teams deciding on their coaches and support staff also this week. The first match of the league will take place on 11th March with the final scheduled to take place on 21st March.
All the cricket matches of the T20 cricket local league will be played at the iconic Wankhede Stadium. Sachin Tendulkar is the brand ambassador of the tournament, while many current Indian cricketers like Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Shardul Thakur, Dhawal Kulkarni and Shreyas Iyer are the icon players.