NEW DELHI: The Bombay High Court has ordered the BCCI to shift matches of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) out of Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur in drought-hit Maharashtra after April 30, while acknowledging the contributions of Rs 5 crore each from the Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants franchises and 64 lakh litres of water from the Indian board to the city of Latur in the Marathwada region of the state. This means that 13 matches, including the final on May 29, cannot be held in Maharashtra.
As Maharashtra continues to suffer from severe drought, in particular the Marathwada region, the BCCI on Wednesday told the Bombay High Court that shifting matches out of the state was not feasible because of concerns over financial investments and the brand values of the defending IPL champions MI and new entrant RPS taking a hit. However, the HC has ruled that the matches cannot go ahead beyond the end of April while Maharashtra reels from the water crisis. The BCCI must now decide alternate venues for the concerned matches from May 1.