The Bombay High Court asked the BCCI whether it was willing to make a donation to the chief minister’s drought relief fund, and if yes then to what extent.
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday asked the BCCI if it can consider shifting out some of the Indian Premier League matches scheduled to be held in Pune.
A bench of Justices V.M. Kanade and M.S. Karni was hearing a public interest litigation filed by two NGOs, which wanted the IPL matches scheduled to be held in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur relocated in view of the severe state-wide drought in Maharashtra.
The court, in the morning session, had taken note of press statements that IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab was considering moving its three home matches out of Nagpur to Mohali in Punjab.
It asked Kings XI Punjab to become a party to the ongoing hearing and confirm its decision on shifting the matches out of Nagpur.
It also asked the BCCI whether it was willing to make a donation to the chief minister’s drought relief fund, and if yes then to what extent.
Earlier, the BCCI had told the high court that it would procure treated sewage water for ground maintenance in Maharashtra.
“We have tied-up with Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) to procure treated sewage water for the IPL matches to be played in Pune and Mumbai,” BCCI counsel Rafiq Dada said.
Everyday, up to eight tankers of treated sewage water would be supplied to the stadiums, he added. The high court had pulled up the BCCI during the last hearing on the use of large quantities of water for ground maintenance.
Nine Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches would be played in Pune and eight in Mumbai. Of the eight in Mumbai, one has already been hosted. Three matches are slated to be held in Nagpur.