The executive secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Sharad Diwadkar told UNI here on Thursday that a meeting will be held in Baroda on Friday to finalise the draw of the quarters and semifinals of the Ranji Trophy and in that meeting a decision will be taken whether to accept the request of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) asking for postponing the semifinals by a couple of days so that Sachin Tendulkar can play the match.
Reports had stated Sachin was keen to play in the semifinals of the Ranji Trophy into which Mumbai will get a bye, being one of the top teams in the Super League. However, Sachin is slated to play an exhibition match for Asia XI vs World XI in Dhaka on April 8.
Joint Secretary of MCA Prof Ratnakar Shetty said that Sachin had requested the MCA to forward a letter to the BCCI to push for a postponement of the semifinal. It is in the best interest of both Mumbai Cricket and Sachin Tendulkar himself if he could play the match, he said.
Shetty, however, hastened to add that the Dhaka match was not on the international itinerary when the original Ranji trophy schedule was drawn up, so one cannot blame anybody for this situation. ''The clash of the two matches is outside the control of the BCCI.''