Last year during Indian Premier League 5 (IPL), actor Shah Rukh Khan had a much publicised encounter with the security staff at Wankhede Stadium. As the 6th season comes closer, one wonders whether the five-year ban on him by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) will be lifted.
Just two months ago, it is thought thatBoard of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) contract with IPL had a new clause inclusion put in saying that those banned will need to stay out of the stadium. The somewhat embarrassing outcome to this addition is that it will put Khan and Red Chillies Entertainment in a tight spot, especially since they are hosting the opening event. Rajeev Shukla, Chairman, IPL, has backed Khan saying that he should be allowed to attend events because he is co-owner of the Kolkata Knight Riders team who are a part of the tournament.
It is thought that a BCCI representative has met Ravi Savant, president of the MCA, today. The meeting is thought to be an attempt to come to a resolution. An official from the MCA told Business of Cinema, “We have received a request from the BCCI to have a meeting on the Shah Rukh Khan issue. We have a clause in the IPL contract which will not allow a banned person inside the stadium and BCCI doesn۪t want that clause. We are also meeting the Mumbai Indians”.
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