Mumbai, Apr 10: Amid the furore over holding IPL matches in drought-hit Maharashtra, India's limited over skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said shifting matches will not resolve the perennial crisis as it requires a "long-term" solution.
"If you see, all these questions are good to hear, I think for us it's more important to seek long-term solutions," said Dhoni when asked about his views about the prevailing drought in Maharashtra.
The dire situation over potable water in the state has sparked a raging debate over the suitability of playing IPL games in the state, besides leading to a PIL filed in the Bombay High Court challenging the use of large quantity of water for maintaining pitches despite the grave water crisis.
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There have been demands to shift all IPL matches out of Maharashtra. Three big cities in Maharashtra - Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur - are to play host to a total of 20 games, out of which one has already been held yesterday at the Wankhede Stadium.
"Whether IPL's match number 5, 6 or 7 happens or not, I don't think it makes much of a difference," said Dhoni at the media conference where he was announced as brand ambassador of mobile handset Lava.
"But we have to look at a long-term solution... How we ensure water is sent to those areas where there is water shortage.
"From what I have seen on TV quite a few dams are there, where only one or two per cent water is left. So we have to look at a long-term solution," Dhoni said.
"I think people talking about whether matches should happen or not, it's more momentarily driven than anything else. I think what's important for us as a county is to see what the long-term solution is and we have to move in that direction," said the wicketkeeper-batsman.