The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will relocate from its current location in Wankhede, South Mumbai. The relocation is necessary since the BCCI has chosen to renovate the Cricket Centre. In approximately a week, it will quit the premises.
The BCCI has chosen to operate out of co-working chambers in the Prabhadevi and Worli sections of the city till the completion of the renovations. The refurbishment is anticipated to take approximately six months, and BCCI members hope to return to the Cricket Centre in September or October.
Constructed in 2006, the four-story structure contains three floors for the BCCI and one floor for the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), which has coexisted with the parent organisation since its inception. But, the MCA will remain in its current location, and its authorities have no immediate plans to begin renovations.
Ray Mali, the former president of the International Cricket Council (ICC), expressed admiration for the BCCI office and chambers following its 2006 opening. “We are awestruck by the BCCI office and its chambers. We wish to expand alongside the BCCI “The late Mali had said this at the Wankhede during a Champions Trophy public ceremony in 2006 while addressing Sharad Pawar, the then-president of the world’s richest cricket organisation, the BCCI. Afterwards, Pawar joked that he would have to place jammers inside because the information was leaking.
Sixteen years later, the new team of office-bearers, led by Roger Binny and Jay Shah, believes that the office must reflect the sport’s rising prominence. It has hired a renowned architect for the improvement project.
Under the improved structure, the fourth floor, which currently houses the Indian Premier League (IPL) employees, would be completely reserved for office-bearers. The floor’s cutting-edge decor will also include a conference room. The second and first levels will be reserved for the remaining employees.
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