Mumbai, April 13: In order to avoid moving out the IPL cricket matches outside Maharashtra, the BCCI has suggested that the home teams (that will be playing in the state) transported drinking water to the drought-affected areas.
This came in the wake of the solution suggested by the BCCI in front of the Bombay High Court, saying that it will use sewage water to maintain pitches for 17 of the 20 IPL matches. To this, the court asked whether the teams are willing to send the same quantity of water through tankers to the villages that are suffering from water crisis.
In an April 12 letter to Mumbai Indians, Rising Pune Supergiants and Kings XI Punjab, the IPL chief operating officer Ratnakar Shetty said that MI had agreed to the condition, while RSPG was yet to confirm. Mohali-based KXIP will also have to contribute if they want to play their match in Maharashtra.
Awaiting an answer, Shetty said,""It's brought to our notice that Mumbai Indians in their affidavit have assured to help in the transportation of water to a drought-hit area as suggested by the Government of Maharashtra. We hope that Rising Pune Supergiants would also agree to the same. Further, if Kings XI Punjab are playing in Nagpur, (they) will have to adhere to the same."
The bench has also asked the board to contribute to the Chief Minister's drought relief fund. To this, Shetty said that equal contribution willl be made by all the teams.