BCCI seeks MCA explanation on protocol breach

Mumbai: The BCCI has sought an explanation from the Mumbai Cricket Association for hosting England's Performance Programme squad's practice session at its D Y Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai without seeking the parent body's permission.

The BCCI has also written a letter to the England and Wales Cricket Board asking why they did not follow the correct protocol of asking its permission to have ECB's second-string squad practising in India, it was learned.

"The Board has written a letter to us asking for an explanation on the issue and we have forwarded that to Mr Vijay Patil (boss of the D Y Patil Academy) asking him to reply last week. We will forward his reply to the BCCI. It's a question of not following the proper protocol," said MCA president Ravi Savant today.

Patil is, incidentally, a vice president of the MCA. It has also been learned from other quarters that the miffed BCCI has raised the issue with the ECB and has also got a reply from the latter, but whether the England board has apologised for not following the protocol is not known.

What has raised the concern of the Board is that a few members of the England Test squad, notably injured fast bowler Steven Finn and Joe Root, had gone and practised at the D Y Patil Stadium even as the ECB had sought and demanded tight security for their squad members, who are involved in a four-Test series against the host country's team.

Finn has not been seen in action in the two Tests that have been played so far.

He picked up a thigh injury in the tourists' opening warm-up game in the Cricket Club of India where he bowled just 10 overs before limping off and was not fit for selection for the first two Tests in Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

Finn bowled in the second-string squad's game against the academy team last week and picked up four wickets for 50 while Root, considered as the third opener in the Test squad, scored a century and was impressed with the fast bowler's return to fitness.