Mumbai: Bollywood actor and Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan is to be banned by Mumbai Cricket Association from entering the Wankhede Stadium for life following an altercation he had last night with security and officials of the association.
“He (Khan) misbehaved and abused the MCA security personnel as well as MCA officials, including our president Vilasrao Deshmukh, after the IPL match (between KKR and Mumbai Indians). We have decided to ban him for life from entering the stadium in future,” MCA treasurer Ravi Savant said.
Giving the background to what happened after the KKR’s 32-run rout in the hands of MI at the Wankhede, Savant said Shahrukh and his posse of bodyguards had gone up to the teams’ dressing room and then came down and started to go on to the ground.
“The MCA security personnel told them they cannot do so as the match was over which led to Shahrukh abusing them as well as the MCA officials. There was manhandling too by his people. We have decided to ban him from all future matches at the stadium. We are also going to lodge a police complaint against him,” Savant said.
Asked whether the MCA would lodge a complaint with the BCCI over one of the IPL team owner’s behaviour, Savant said all the altercation had taken place in the presence of IPL CEO Sundar Raman and BCCI’s media manager Devendra Prabhudesai.
“Of course we will lodge a complaint with the BCCI also,” Savant said.
The controversy vis-à-vis Shahrukh has come a few days after the cash-rich T-20 tournament was rocked by a sting carried out by a private TV news channel in which five players were caught allegedly trying to indulge in corrupt practices.
The BCCI has appointed Ravi Sawani, it’s recently appointed Anti-Corruption in-charge, to probe the matter.
The five accused players, meanwhile, have been suspended from taking part in any match conducted under its aegis, including the IPL till the matter is settled.