The Indian Premier League this season has been hit by a number of controversies.
The Bombay High Court recently ordered the Premier League franchises situated in Maharashtra to move their home games out of the state from May 1st due to acute shortage of water in the state.
The severe drought conditions in the state will now see the IPL home games of the clubs based in Maharashtra play their games elsewhere and it is now understood that the Mumbai Indians have decided to shift their base to Visakhapatnam, a port city in Andhra Pradesh for the remainder of the season.
The Mumbai Indians were initially asked to move out of Mumbai and they decided to shift their base to the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. But court rulings within the state saw them having to decide on a different venue and reports now suggest that the Mumbai Indian’s have decided to play the three remaining home games at the VDCA cricket stadium in Visakhapatnam.
A similar situation confronted that Kings XI Punjab franchise and the Rising Pune Supergiants franchises.
The KIXP franchise had to pull out of Nagpur and are still in search of a proper home while the Supergiants have also decided on Visakhapatnam being their next home.
The court rulings that have disrupted the whole tournament are justified due to the immense water drought in various states in Indian and it is also said that the competition might be moved away from the country next season.
But for the current season, the home ties of a number of franchises will hardly have any meaning.
The Mumbai Indians have 3 crucial home games left and playing them away from Mumbai in a makeshift home steals away any advantage the team would have got playing at the Wankhede.
Surely playing at a neutral venue will reduce MI’s chances of moving into the knockout rounds and with up to 4 victories still needed, the Mumbai Indians should be playing at their best to go all the way this season.
There is not official announcement about the shift in the venue but an official statement is expected to be released any time on Friday.