DY Patil denied permission to host Women's WC matches

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Two weeks after Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) pulled up the DY Patil Stadium for inviting the England Lions without its consent, the ground has now been denied permission to host matches of the ICC Women's World Cup.

On Thursday, BCCI's operational manager Suru Nayak mailed the president of DY Patil Sports Academy that the ground couldn't host two matches of the ICC Womens World Cup 2013.

In a mail sent to BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale and ICC officials, accessed by The Indian Express, ICC WWC 2012 tournament director Nayak stated: "ICC/BCCI have deleted the D Y Patil Stadium as the venue which was staging two matches in the above tournament due to logistic reasons. Inconvenience caused is regretted."

The decision comes in the aftermath of DY Patil allowing the England A team to practice on their ground and use their facilities, something that was objected to by both the board and the Mumbai Cricket Association. The ground authorities were also issued show cause notice.

Vijay Patil, president of DY Patil Sports Academy, said the letter did not really explain why the ground was docked the games. "I don't know why this has happened. The whole reason was given of logistics that too in one line they said it. Somewhere down the line, someone wants the DY Patil not to get any matches," Patil said. "We have always welcomed anybody to use our grounds and our facility. We didn't ask for payment and there is no commercial interest either. We have hosted big teams before and it was not the first time we were holding a match of such a stature," Patil added.

Patil said he would try to settle the issue with the board and the MCA. "We will try to speak to the board and see what can be done. We were all excited to have a big match here."

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