HC al­lows first IPL match, asks BCCI to move oth­ers

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Aye­sha Arvind aye­sha.arvind@hin­dus­tan­times.com

At least show that you [BCCI] care. Peo­ple and cat­tle are dy­ing. The wa­ter sit­u­a­tion is wors­en­ing with ev­ery pass­ing minute.

BOM­BAY HIGH COURT

The Bom­bay high court on Thurs­day al­lowed Mum­bai to host the in­au­gu­ral IPL match on April 9, but kept hang­ing in the bal­ance till Tues­day the fate of 19 other ties to be held across drought-hit Ma­ha­rash­tra.

It also rep­ri­manded the state gov­ern­ment for wast­ing wa­ter on play­grounds at a time when “peo­ple are dy­ing” ow­ing to short­ages and asked the Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI) to de­cide on shift­ing the re­main­ing matches from the state.

“At least show that you care. Peo­ple and cat­tle are dy­ing. The wa­ter sit­u­a­tion is wors­en­ing with ev­ery pass­ing minute,” a di­vi­sion bench of jus­tices VM Kanade and MS Karnik said while hear­ing an NGO’s pe­ti­tion against hold­ing the T20 tour­na­ment in the state.

The court is likely to take a de­ci­sion on the re­main­ing matches on April 12, three days af­ter the Wankhede sta­dium hosts the first match of the IPL’s ninth edi­tion. Nine­teen more matches are sched­uled to be played in Mum­bai, Nag­pur and Pune.

The bench was par­tic­u­larly harsh on the BCCI — de­scribed by the SC as a “mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial so­ci­ety” two days ago — af­ter its coun­sel said that the pitches will die a nat­u­ral death if not wa­tered daily.

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