Con­sider Shift­ing Matches Out of Ma­ha­rash­tra: Court to BCCI

The Economic Times - - Sports - Rav­iTeja Sharma

The fu­ture of IPL matches in Mum­bai, Pune and Nag­pur con­tin­ues to hang in bal­ance with the Bom­bay High Court on Tues­day ask­ing the Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI) to con­sider shift­ing the matches out­side the state. The court also asked the Board whether it will fi­nan­cially con­trib­ute to the state chief min­is­ter’s drought re­lief fund and whether it will send as much treated sewage wa­ter as is be­ing used for sta­di­ums to drought af­fected ar­eas.

Ad­journ­ing for the day, it asked the BCCI to re­spond to its ques­tions on Wed­nes­day.

Ear­lier in the day, the Board’s coun­sel had told the court that it had tied up with the Royal Western In­dia Turf Club, which runs the Ma­ha­laxmi Race­course in Mum­bai, to get treated sewage wa­ter from its treat­ment plant for IPL matches that are to be played in Mum­bai and Pune.

The BCCI also told the court that the Kings XI Pun­jab team was will­ing to move three of its matches that are sched­uled in Nag­pur to its home ground Mo­hali or any­where else if the court di­rects it.

He told the court that the turf club will sup­ply seven-eight tankers of treated sewage wa­ter to the sta­di­ums ev­ery day. “In this case, in­stead of dis­charg­ing treated sewage wa­ter into the sea, we are us­ing it in the sta­di­ums,” the coun­sel told the court. The coun­sel had even brought with him a bot­tle with sam­ple of wa­ter that is be­ing used to main­tain the grounds, show­ing that it is un­fit for drink­ing.

Kings XI Pun­jab were will­ing to move three of its matches

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