No More IPL Matches in Ma­ha­rash­tra

SC re­jects plea to stay Bom­bay HC’s or­der to shift games out of the state

The Economic Times - - Sports: The Great Games -

The Supreme Court has re­jected a plea by the Mum­bai Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion and the Ma­ha­rash­tra Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion for a stay on Bom­bay High Court’s or­der to shift IPL matches from drought-af­fected Ma­ha­rash­tra — in Mum­bai, Pune and Nag­pur — af­ter April 30. The Bom­bay High Court had al­lowed BCCI to hold the game be­tween Mum­bai In­di­ans and Ris­ing Pune Su­per­giants in Pune on May 1 — an ex­cep­tion as there was not enough time to shift to a dif­fer­ent venue.

Post May 1, the BCCI will have to or­gan­ise 12 IPL matches at al­ter­nate venues. Matches sched­uled to be held in Nag­pur will be moved to Dharamshala, Mum­bai matches to Jaipur and Pune games to Visakha­p­at­nam. How­ever, there could be a prob­lem in hav­ing the matches in Jaipur for the same rea­son. The Ra­jasthan High Court, re­spond­ing to a PIL on drought in the state, has asked the state govern­ment to re­spond by April 30. I PL chair man Rajeev Shukla said the BCCI was al­ready in the process of im­ple­ment­ing the Bom­bay High Court or­der. “It was the state cricket as­so­ci­a­tions who ap­pealed in the Supreme Court as they were the af­fected par­ties,” he said.

The move is also ex­pected to hurt the team’s fi­nances. The Mum­bai team is ex­pected to lose the most from ticket rev­enues as they have the most num­ber of cor­po­rate boxes among all IPL sta­di­ums. Ac­cord­ing to me­dia sources, the team gets around Rs 3-4 crore per match from ticket sales, in­clud­ing sell­ing cor­po­rate boxes. The BCCI coun­sel had told the Bom­bay High Court that it will only use treated sewage wa­ter to main­tain the pitches at both Mum­bai and Pune venues. It had also of­fered to do­nate Rs 5 crore to the CM’s drought relief fund and had said that it was will­ing to trans­port as much wa­ter it is us­ing for the grounds to drought af­fected ar­eas in the state.

The Mum­bai team is ex­pected to lose the most from ticket rev­enues as they have the most num­ber of cor­po­rate boxes among all IPL sta­di­ums

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