IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla is the latest person to express his grief on the wy IPL is treated in the country.
The court has ordered the IPL governing council to move the matches out of drought-hit Maharashtra. Recently some players including Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh said that IPL has nothing to do with the drought. Echoing their sentiments Shukla said that IPL is being targeted and the drought issue was not raised during the recently concluded T20 World Cup matches in the state.
“I don’t understand why such a big issue is being created by holding IPL matches in Maharashtra. There was absolutely no opposition to T20 matches recently played in the state. IPL has become a brand and there seem to be deliberate efforts to create problems for it,” Shukla told reporters at the Congress Bhavan on Friday .
Also expressing his views on Mumbai Cricket Association and the Maharashtra Cricket Association’s decision to approach the Supreme court to overturn the decision, he said,”the Mumbai Cricket Association had said that treated sewage water was being used for the grounds in Mumbai while the Maharashtra Cricket Association said recycled water was being used at its stadium at Gahunje in Pune district. The state cricket associations had already announced that they would contribute towards drought relief measures in Maharashtra.”
Shukla said a similar issue was raised in Rajasthan, but the court did not issue any order to shift the matches out of the state.