Pune Team Picks Vizag, Mum­bai In­di­ans to Take a Call by April 17

Fran­chises have to choose among Raipur, Vizag, Kan­pur & Jaipur to hold matches

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Mum­bai: Ris­ing Pune Su­per­giants and Mum­bai In­di­ans, the two IPL fran­chises who will have to shift their ‘home’ matches out­side Ma­ha­rash­tra af­ter the Bom­bay High Court or­der, have been given four op­tions — Raipur, Visakha­p­at­nam, Kan­pur and Jaipur — to choose from by the Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI).

Ra­jeev Shukla, chair­man of IPL gov­ern­ing coun­cil sug­gested the venues to­day in Delhi, fol­low­ing which Pune team has cho­sen Vishakha­p­at­nam as their pre­ferred venue. Mum­bai In­di­ans, how­ever, will de­cide and in­form the BCCI by Sun­day, April 17.

“We were given the choice of four venues, and we have in­formed BCCI that Visakha­p­at­nam is our pre­ferred venue. We are here to play cricket. We are wait­ing for the de­ci­sion on May 1 match; once we get it we will start mak­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate ar­range­ments,” San­jiv Goenka, chair­man of RP San­jiv Goenka Group, which owns the Pune team, told ET. Mean­while, Mum­bai In­di­ans own­ers, it is learned, will have an in­ter­nal meet­ing to­mor­row be­fore tak­ing the fi­nal call. Once both the team de­cide, the pro­posal will be placed be­fore the IPL gov­ern­ing coun­cil, which will take the fi­nal de­ci­sion.

Mean­while, the fi­nal, two qual­i­fiers and elim­i­na­tor matches, which were also slated to be played in Ma­ha­rash­tra, could also be played in Ben­galuru and Kolkata in­stead. “We will pro­pose to shift the fi­nal and first qual­i­fier to Ben­galuru, while sec­ond qual­i­fier and elim­i­na­tor to Kolkata,” Shukla told re­porters in Delhi af­ter his meet­ing with the two fran­chises. The Bom­bay High Court on Wed­nes­day had or­dered shift­ing of 13 IPL matches post 30 April, which were to be played in Mum­bai, Pune and Nag­pur of the draught-hit state. The court was hear­ing on the PIL filed by 'Lok­satta Move­ment', a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion. The court or­dered the change of venues de­spite BCCI’s as­sur­ance that they were ready to sup­ply 40 lakh litres of wa­ter to the drought-af­fected ar­eas in the state along with a con­tri­bu­tion of .₹ 5 crore to the Chief Min­is­ter’s Re­lief Fund.

Later, BCCI of­fi­cials dis­cussed pos­si­ble venues and the four op­tions were placed be­fore the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the two teams. Shukla said that BCCI will also file an ap­peal be­fore HC, seek­ing ap­proval for hold­ing the match to be held on May 1 in Pune, as it would be im­pos­si­ble for Pune team to shift to a dif­fer­ent venue within 24 hours as they host the Gu­jarat Lions on April 29.

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