On Wednesday, Supreme Court of India has turned down the plea filed by BCCI challenging the verdict of Bombay High Court to shift all IPL 2016 matches out of the Maharashtra state which were scheduled after 2nd May.
Earlier, High Court has taken a strict decision on PIL filed by NGO Loksatta Movement which was against of wasting water for ground management during IPL matches as the whole state is suffering from the acute shortage of water and many parts of the states are declared draught stricken. The HC questioned BCCI for the wastage of water and has ordered that no matches will be played in the Maharshtra state. Though BCCI and the two IPL franchise had proposed to contribute Rs 5 crores to states draught relief fund supply 40 lakhs of water to draught hit areas at their own cost. The board also agreed to use treated sewage water for ground preparation. But Bombay HC have neglected all the proposals and now SC has also uphold the former’s decision. Though BCCI has been allowed to hold one match in Pune as per the schedule. i.e on 2nd May between Rising Pune Supergiants and Mumbai Indians.
This decisions has affected 13 matches that were scheduled in three states of Maharashtra i.e Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur. Wankhedhe Stadium, Mumbai has been the homeground for Mumbai Indians and their three home matches are scheduled (May 8, 13 and 15) there after the cut-off date whereas RPS was playing their home matches in MCA Stadium in Pune and they have also left with three matches, scheduled on May 10, 17, 21, still to play in their homeground. Whereas KXIP has declared Nagpur as their second homeground and will now play their rest scheduled three matches (May 7, 9 and 15)in Mohali.
For Mumbai and Pune matches, there is still no confirmation for the next venue by the officials. Speculations are made that Dharamsala and Kanpur could be the alternate venues. Though MI has chosen Jaipur as their preferred alternate venue but the draught condition in Rajasthan too could play a major role. Whereas Pune team has opted for Visakhapatnam as their second choice.