IPL chief Shukla says not shifting matches out of Maharashtra

  • PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 05, 2016 20:09 IST
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, left, along with IPL governing council chairman Rajeev Shukla. (PTI Photo)

IPL chairperson Rajiv Shukla ruled out on Tuesday shifting matches out of Maharashtra on account of the drought and water scarcity.

Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur will host matches in the cash-rich Indian Premier League this season.

“As far as the question of drought, water is concerned, we are with the farmers of Maharashtra, we are ready to help in all possible ways.

“If the Maharashtra government brings a proposal, then the BCCI president, all of us will think in what way we can help the farmers, and I, through my MPLAD fund, am going to personally adopt some villeges...there is a water crisis in Marathwada, that will be solved,” he told reporters in Mumbai at an event organised by Vivo.

There is a demand from some quarters that IPL matches should not be played in the state as the preparation of grounds requires huge amounts of water.

“If the water needed to irrigate two-three grounds were to solve the problem of Maharashtra’s farmers, that would be another thing. I don’t think this (saving water by shifting matches) would serve any purpose....Sport is a different thing, it needs little water. Farmers need huge amount of water, all political parties should come together to deal with this crisis of water shortage,” he said.

There was no proposal to shift the matches or change the schedule, he said to a specific question.

A PIL filed in the Bombay High Court sought a direction to the IPL Commissioner to pay tax on usage of water, claiming that about 60,000 litres of water would be needed every day to maintain the pitches.

Mumbai BJP secretary Vivekananda Gupta too had demanded that IPL matches be shifted out of the state.

The annual T20 extravaganza would kick off on April 9 in Mumbai.

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