T20 Mumbai League 2020: Here's why team owners are threatening to boycott

T20 Mumbai League 2020: Here's why team owners are threatening to boycott

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) might soon have to decide whether it should snap ties with its partner Probability Sports which had marketed and run the franchise-based T20 Mumbai League.

Expressing their displeasure towards the functioning of Probability Sports, all the eight franchises had officially complained to MCA and have threatened to boycott the tournament if MCA doesn’t snap ties with its partner and takes full charge of the league. The cricket association had a discussion regarding this issue on February 18 and had reached a decision that it will let its Apex Council take the final call on February 24.

The franchises had written to the association asking the association to disclose the audited financial reports of the revenue and expenses of its two seasons. Requesting for transparency, the owners of the eight teams also expressed their wish to directly deal with the MCA instead of Probability Sport, the organiser of the T20 league.

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Probability Sports is a consortium led by IIFL Investment Managers and Wizcraft Groups that was formed in 2018 to partner MCA to launch and run the T20 league.

The letter signed by franchise owners and representatives was handed to MCA president Vijay Patil,

“We all team owners of the T20 Mumbai League have decided that unless MCA is not taking charge of the league, we owners will not be participating in the league henceforth under probability sports. We hope you will appreciate the harsh decision on behalf of us and the positive decision for the interest of Mumbai cricket.”

The reason behind the franchises demanding Probability Sports' ouster is the termination of two teams by the organisation for allegedly failing to clear outstanding dues. The Apex Council of MCA will now take a final call on the issue on February 24.

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