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IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla has said that the BCCI will hold a meeting on Friday (April 15) in Delhi to act on Bombay High Court’s order to move out all the IPL matches scheduled to be played in drought-hit Maharashtra after May 1.
Keeping the disastrous water crisis in Maharashtra in mind, the court has asked the franchisees to shift all matches scheduled in the month of May out of the state. Shukla said that Visakhapatnam, Raipur, and Kanpur have emerged as the frontrunners to host the remaining matches of Mumbai Indians ana Rising Pune Supergiants.He also said that Jaipur and Indore may also be in contention to host the matches.
“RCA (Rajasthan Cricket Association) can’t host the ground, but the government has approached us that they will conduct it. We will put Jaipur also in the option. Let’s see how the franchises react. We can host [matches without RCA being there].There is a sports council of the government.
“Indore, I have just spoken to the MPCA secretary. He is checking with the authorities because Kumbh Mela is going on and all the security forces have been deployed there. Whether the government will be able to provide forces or not has to be seen. Kanpur, Raipur
and Vizag are the main options.”
Shukla also confirmed that the required authorities will request the Bombay High Court for permission to host Supergiants v Mumbai match in Pune on May 1 due to difficulties involved in shifting equipment.
“Since there is a match on April 29 and May 1 in Pune – back-to-back matches – it will be almost impossible to move the equipment in 24 hours to another venue,” Shukla told reporters in Rajkot. “That’s a technical problem, so we are going to appeal tomorrow to
the Bombay High Court if they can allow one more match in Pune. The other matches will be shifted. We decided yesterday that we are not going for an appeal. We will be implementing the verdict given by the court.”
Citing the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Loksatta Movement, the Bombay High Court had earlier dismissed BCCI’s request of hosting matches in Maharashtra in return of donating Rs 5 Crore to the Chief Minister’s drought relief fund and also donating
40 lakh litres of water to the farmers in Vidarbha.
Bangalore,Kolkata, and Delhi are now considered as the frontrunners to host the playoff matches and finals which were scheduled to
be played in Mumbai and Pune.