Rajiv Shukla, the Indian Premier League chairman, has said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India will have to work out an alternative plan to Bombay High Court’s order of shifting 13 IPL games out of Maharashtra.
The court has asked for IPL matches, to be played after April 30, to be moved out of Mahrashtra, hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) related to the current drought situation in the state.
Shukla, speaking to India Today, said that the board will talk to the franchises before finding a solution. “Organising the IPL is a gigantic work. It’s not easy,” he said on Thursday (April 14). “All preparations had been done, completed. Now shifting the matches will be a problem.
“So far, we have not got the written order. After we get that, we will work out an alternative plan. We always respect the court. We need to talk to other franchises. Out of 19 matches in Maharashtra, 13 have to be moved out, we will have to work it out.”
The board had offered to contribute money to the chief minister’s drought relief fund in addition to supplying water to the farmers. “The key problem is water for farmers, which we are trying to find a solution to,” he said. “We were willing to give water, contribute to the CM’s fund. Now shifting matches will be a problem.
“If matches are to be shifted, where will they be moved, how will they be moved, all these issues are involved. And this comes after nobody raised an issue about the 24 World Twenty20 matches that were held recently. Nobody raised these issues for six months. Whatever was required, we were willing to do. In fact, I would like to point out that a lot many other sports and cultural events are going on in Maharashtra, which also use water and they should also help.
“Not only sugar factories, construction should also be stopped. All golf courses, they require huge amount of water, nothing is being done against these golf courses.”