Facing pressure from all quarters to move the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) matches out of drought-hit Maharashtra, the BCCI is planning to move the games from the state, sources told a national news channel on Tuesday.
Mumbai and Pune are scheduled to host 9 and 8 matches, respectively, in IPL 9, while three matches will be hosted by Nagpur. The Bombay High Court had allowed the opening match of the season between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants at the Wankhede to go ahead, saying the public interest litigation the use of water to hydrate the pitches was filed too late and the organizers have already made the necessary arrangements.
But according to the sources, the Indian cricket board has already put Kanpur, Indore and Ranchi on standby as alternative venues, while Kings XI Punjab’s will be shifted to Mohali from Nagpur.
The KXIP franchise told the court on Tuesday that it is ready to shift its IPL matches from Nagpur to Mohali.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has informed the court that the Royal Western India Turf (RWITC) has agreed to provide 7 to 8 tankers of water daily to water the Wankhede stadium pitch.
MCA has told the court this is the only water that will be used for IPL purpose in the state. The Mumbai board had written to RWITC for treated sewage water.
During the last hearing, the court had questioned the wastage of water for IPL when the state is reeling under severe drought.