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Lenders 'symbolically' take over MCA's cricket stadium in Pune

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A stadium in has been taken over symbolically by lenders for non-payment of a Rs 69.53 crore loan by the Association (MCA).

association blamed its financial troubles on non-receipt of payments from the BCCI for the last 10 months.

International Stadium, located at Gahunje on the outskirts of Pune, has hosted a Test match and one-day international matches in the past.

It last hosted an international match on October 27 when defeated by 43 runs in the third of the five-match ODI series.

The stadium, set in picturesque surroundings, regularly hosts domestic matches including games and has hosted Indian Leaue T20 games too.

claimed that the bankers assured that matches will be allowed to be held at the ground.

State-run of is the lead in the consortium which has loaned money to the cricket body, while the other lenders are of Baroda and (both state-run) and the private sector

As the lead bank, Bank of had asked the to repay the money under the Sarfaesi Act in August.

As the MCA was unable to repay, the underlying security has been "symbolically taken over" by the consortium of lenders, said in a newspaper notice.

The notice has been issued by an assistant general manager of the bank's branch at Deccan Gymkhana in

A six-acre land parcel adjoining the stadium located off the Mumbai-Express Highway has also been "symbolically taken-over".

The MCA owes interest of Rs 29.26 crore on the loan and separately owes interest of Rs 30.65 crore for a loan from Bank of Baroda, Rs 5.44 crore in interest to and 18 crore in unpaid interest to Bank of Maharashtra, the notice said.

Bagwan said until the BCCI gives them funds, they won't be able to repay the dues.

"When BCCI releases funds, then only we can make payments. Since last January we have not received any funds from the BCCI. We had six IPL matches (of Chennai Super Kings), so we could sustain cricket and everything. But after that, unfortunately, we could not pay," Bagwan said.

He claimed that there has been no response from the BCCI's CoA despite him writing to them twice.

"After that I twice wrote to the Committee of Administrators. I met CoA and (BCCI GM). During the (India-West Indies) match, I told that the matter was serious. The CoA asked me to mail them again. But until now we have not received any money," he added.

Bagwan claimed that the banks have assured him that matches could be conducted on the ground.

"That they (banks) have assured me that you can conduct the matches at the ground," Bagwan added.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 19:55 IST