Five year ban for SRK from Wankhede Stadium

Raj Baddhan

Senior Editor

SRK in brawl at Wankhede Stadium
SRK in brawl at Wankhede Stadium

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has banned Shah Rukh Khan from entering the Wankhede Stadium for five years after the scuffle on Wednesday night at the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament.

MCA president Vilasrao Deshmukh who chaired the meeting said the decision was unanimous amongst the MCA Managing Committee to ban the superstar but a final call will only be taken by the Indian cricket board (BCCI).

The incident took place after the victory of his team Kolkatta Knight Riders over Mumbai Indians. He was reported to have been aggressive and foul towards the MCA officials, who accused him of being drunk. Khan has since denied being drunk and said the problem occured only after children, including his kids, were “manhandled” by the security staff.

Deshmukh said, “If rules are violated, action will be taken. It does not depend who the individual is. It’s a message to everyone whosoever he or she may be that stern action will be taken if there is any misbehaviour,” he told a press conference.”

“How can he go inside the ground without proper accreditation? Even I can’t go inside the ground if not invited for presentation ceremony. We have handed a five-year ban on him and it was a unanimous decision. It applies to any match whether domestic or international at the Wankhede,” he said.

IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla said the final decision will be announced by the BCCI. He said, “State bodies can only recommend but a final decision has to be taken by the BCCI. When the matter comes to BCCI, the Board will decide.”