Mumbai: In its verdict on IPL vs drought issue, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday ordered Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to shift all IPL matches to other states after April 30. The court has given 15 days time to the BCCI to make arrangements to shift the venue.
Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla while reacting on court’s judgement said, “there will be a problem in shifting IPL matches to other locations. We have alternate options to arrange water for stadiums’ maintenance. He also said that Bollywood actress and Kings XI Punjab owner is ready to help drought affected farmers.”
Earlier during the day, the BCCI had 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.
The order has come as a big blow to the BCCI and IPL 2016 stakeholders.