Mumbai Cricket Association will join the league of State cricket associations to have their own T-20 cricket leagues. MCA has announced that its T-20 will be played from January 4 to 9 next year.
The MCA will thus join the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka cricket associations to have their State-level T-20 leagues. Star Sports holds the broadcast rights for the Tamil Nadu Premier League and Karnataka Premier League, both broadcast on Rupert Murdoch-owned networks regional channels.
IIFL Group/Associates and Wizcraft group have been appointed as the sole agency for exclusive management of the T20 League.
The MCA had received four Expression of Interests on its invitation from agencies for exclusive management of the T-20 League for a period of five years, a media release quoted MCA chief and BJP MLA Ashish Shelar as saying.
The agencies were given an opportunity to make their presentations before MCA’s Managing Committee. The EOIs were independently evaluated by a financial consultant with respect to the eligibility criteria. All the agencies were invited for another round of discussions with the Managing Committee, it added.
During the meetings, various issues like the financials, logistics, marketing, operations of the League were discussed. All the agencies were willing to conduct the league within the available time frame, the MCA release stated.
After several rounds of meetings, scrutiny and after evaluation of the EOIs and presentations, the committee had unanimously appointed the consortium of IIFL Group/Associates and the Wizcraft Group as the sole agency for exclusive management of the T20 League, added Shelar.
Wankhede Stadium, Sharad Pawar Cricket Academy in Bandra Kurla Complex and the Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana in Kandivali are the likely venues for the league.
Also along the lines of the TNPL and KPL, Bengal Cricket Association is also considering a State-level T-20 league.