IPL eliminator, qualifier and final match shifted out of Maharashtra
During the hearing of a PIL against holding IPL matches in drought-hit Maharashtra, the court had asked two questions to the cash-rich cricketing body BCCI last evening.
The first was how much money the board can donate to the Chief Minister’s fund for drought affected areas, while the second was it could provide 40 lakh litre water which it has already used to maintain the ground and pitches to the affected drought areas.
Also, the court had asked BCCI to consider shifting some of the matches out of Maharashtra.
Replying to the question, the BCCI today informed that court that IPL teams from the state – Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants – are willing to give Rs 5 crore each towards the CM’s drought relief fund and supply 40 lakh litres to the drought-hit Marathwada region of the state.
Responding to the suggestion about shifting some of the matches out of the state, the BCCI, through it lawyer, told court that Latur won’t get water even if it shifts the matches out of Maharashtra.
However, the court asked the BCCI to shift all matches that are scheduled to be played in the state after April 30 out of Maharashtra.
A total of 12 matches were to be played in the state in May, out of which two were to be held in Nagpur, six in Pune (including eliminator and one qualifier match) and four in Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium, including the final of IPL season 9.