Mumbai Cricket Association approached Supreme Court with a plea to host IPL matches in Mumbai to avoid a loss to the exchequer. The Bombay High Court verdict read that IPL matches should be shifted to another state as Latur, a part of Maharashtra, has been suffering from severe drought.
As IPL matches will be shifted to other cities of India Maharashtra will lose 100 crores. Recently BCCI requested Bombay High Court that allowed them to host the May 1 match at Pune to avoid logistical problems.
Drought is common in Latur during summer. But this year due to sweltering hot and the late arrival of monsoon aggravated the situations. At least 330 million people of Maharastra are not getting drinking water and water for agriculture.
A Public Interest Litigation filed Surendra Srivastava forced Bombay High Court to stop using water for maintaining the pitches.
After High Court verdict the matches are shifted to Jaipur for Mumbai Indians and Vizag for Rising Pune Supergiants.
According to the application, the Pune team is scheduled to play a match against Gujrat Lions on April 29 in Pune, and hence, it is “practically impossible” for BCCI and the Pune franchise to shift the May 1 match to an another venue outside Maharashtra and “make all arrangements for the same in just a single day”.
The High Court after hearing the arguments of BCCI allowed the application and said this was an “exception”. Shetty’s application stated that its request is “bonafide and is being made in the interest of justice” and if the court does not grant relief then severe prejudice, grave hardship and irreparable damage and injury will be caused to BCCI and the Pune franchise.
The application further stated that if the May 1 match is shifted to any venue outside the state then the team members and its crew can travel only in the afternoon of April 30 as the match on April 29 will get over only late in the night.