MUMBAI: The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) ended Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s five-year ban on entering the Wankhede Stadium, in a Managing Committee meeting on Sunday. TOI had reported in its August 2 (Sunday) edition that the MCA was in a mood to take this step, which will be a massive relief for not just the charismatic Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner, but the Board of control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla too.
Recently, Shah Rukh had reason to rejoice when his team Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel clinched the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) title. With this news coming as the icing on the cake, the 49-year-old would surely be in a mood to throw a party. Khan was banned from entering the Wankhede in May 2012 for five years after a scuffle and heated altercation with a security guard and the MCA officials following an IPL game in which KKR beat the Mumbai Indians. Ahead of its Managing Committee meeting on Sunday, however, a certain section in the MCA wanted that the ban, which was supposed to end in 2017, to be lifted a couple of years earlier itself, since SRK has already served a substantial period of it (three years) ‘respectfully’ without trying to enter the stadium at any stage.
The MCA had offered to temporarily lift the ban on Shah Rukh last year, in what was a failed attempt at bringing back the IPL final from Bangalore to Mumbai. That offer, however, was just for the final. This time, however, the ban has been consigned to history for good.
“It has already been three years since we banned him. The managing committee unanimously felt that his ban should be lifted. Shah Rukh is now most welcome to come and watch matches at the Wankhede Stadium,” MCA jt secretary PV Shetty told TOI on Sunday. The MCA’s decision should be music to the years of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla too, since Shah Rukh, besides being an IPL team owner, is also a popular face of the league.
Courtesy- Times Of India