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

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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.

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