Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, (MPCA), senior
officials irked by the ill treatment walked out of the preview
ceremony of the ICC World Twenty-20 2012 trophy in Indore on
Wednesday wherein Indian batting maestro Virendra Sehwag unveiled
Expressing resentment over their alleged neglect at the T-20
Trophy preview event, functionaries of MPCA boycotted when they
were not called to the dais by the organisers during the preview
ceremony of the trophy.
It may be mentioned here that the T-20 world cup trophy preview
ceremony was organized by the Reliance Communication, the global
partner of the tournament in a function at Hotel Radisson Blue.
Though the organisers had invited senior officials of the MPCA to
the preview ceremony, however, not a single official of the MPCA
was called on the stage. MPCA former and present functionaries
including Dr. M. K. Bhargava, Narendra Menon, Naresh Punjabi etc.
went outside the hall of the five-star hotel when star attraction
Virendra Sehwag along with other dignitaries were called to the
Those others who were called on the stage during the preview
ceremony included Madhya Pradesh Industries & IT Minister and
Indore Division Cricket Association, (IDCA), president Kailash
Vijayvargiya, Bhopal Division Cricket Association president, (BDCA),
Dhruv Narayan Singh and Madhya Pradesh Olympic Association, (MPOA),
president Ramesh Mendola besides senior officials of the Reliance
Communication. This apparently angered the MPCA officials and they
boycotted the event by leaving the function mid-way.
Later reacting to boycott of the event by the MPCA officials,
Vijayvergiya reportedly said MPCA should have a bigger heart as it
was the event of Reliance where he was invited as a guest. "It was
the company's prerogative whom to call to the dais", he added.
Meanwhile, speaking on the occasion, Sehwag said he was very happy
to be a part of T-20 World Cup trophy preview ceremony in Indore.
"We are sincerely looking forward to the next T-20 World Cup to be
played in Sri Lanka in September, October this year", Sehwag said
adding: "it was because of love and support of the countrymen that
we had been able to won the World Cup last year and I do hope that
India would repeat its world cup feat again and would be able to
win the next T-20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.
IDCA president Kailash Vijayvargiya while describing Sehwag an
explosive Indian batsman said that on a day he can demolish any
fearsome bowling attack in the world. He hoped that with likes of
Sehwag in the Indian team, India would be able to win the next
T-20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.
Reliance Communications, which is global partner of the sporting
event, scheduled to begin in Sri Lanka from September 18,
exhibited the trophy at various places across the city under the
slogan 'Again Win India'.
It may be recalled here that India has been the winner of the
first session of the T-20 World Cup. Thereafter, second and third
session of the T-20 World Cup had been won by Pakistan and England
respectively. Now, India is looking forward to repeat its T-20
World Cup feat once again in the fourth session of the tournament
in Sri Lanka under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.