Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Wednesday, refused to shift Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 matches out of Maharashtra citing various reasons and offered to give Rs 5 crore as compensation for the adverse impact on the drought-hit region’s water table.
The BCCI told the Bombay High Court that a lot of money had already been invested in the tournament and suggested that it could provide 64 lakh litres of non-potable water to the state in order to make-up for the loss in the water table due to the upkeep of the stadiums for the tournament.
Moreover, the apex cricket body also cited logistical issues in shifting the tournament out of Maharashtra and was of the opinion that the region did not suffer due to the nine matches that were held in the state for the recently concluded World Cup.
The Supreme Court, however, asked the BCCI about the reason for favouring Maharashtra cricket boards, to which the cricketing body said that it was due to the brand value of the tournament that would take a hit of the matches were to be shifted out.
Moreover, the home team advantage would be lost, not auguring well for Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants.