Bombay HC Allows BCCI to Hold IPL Match in Pune on May 1
BCCI had requested the court to allow the match on May 1 as it would be difficult to shift venue in one day after the April 29 match in Pune
New Delhi: The Bombay High Court has allowed BCCI to hold the IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants on May 1 in Pune, terming it an exception.
It had earlier asked BCCI to shift out all matches to be played in Maharashtra after April 30 due to the drought-like situation in many parts of the state.
The court was hearing an application filed by Ratnakar Shetty, BCCI’s general manager for games development.
In the application, the cricket body had requested the court to allow the match scheduled for May 1 as it would be very difficult to make arrangement for the match in one day.
This, the BCCI said, is because Rising Pune Supergiants has a match against Gujarat Lions in Pune on April 29, and it would be practically impossible to shift the venue for the match against Mumbai Indians at such short notice. In the meanwhile, the Maharashtra Cricket Association and Mumbai Cricket Association have decided to move the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court order asking BCCI to shift all matches out of the state because it feels that moving of the matches will mean a loss for the two franchisees — Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants.
Last week, after the IPL governing council gave the teams four venue options — Kanpur, Raipur, Visakhapatnam and Jaipur. Rising Pune Supergiants chose Visakhapatnam, while Mumbai Indians picked Jaipur as their new home grounds. The third af- fected team Kings XI Punjab, which had three matches in Nagpur, had already taken the decision to move its matches to Dharamshala.
A BCCI team will visit the stadium in Jaipur later this week and since the Rajasthan Cricket Association was suspended by the BCCI earlier, the Rajasthan government’s sports council will be the host association for the matches, said the official.