The Bombay high court allowed the Indian cricket board on Wednesday to hold a domestic T20 league match in Pune on May 1, days after the court ordered that all matches be shifted out of the drought-hit Maharashtra.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) made a plea asking for permission to hold the May 1 Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Pune and Mumbai teams in Pune citing “logistical” problems.
The Pune franchise has “home matches” against Gujarat Lions on April 29 and Mumbai Indians on May 1, the board said .
On April 14, the court gave the board and franchise teams 15 days to “make arrangements”. and shift the matches, saying claims of financial liabilities made by the organisers could not override the “larger cause of the people”.
The BCCI has decided on alternative venues for 12 out of the 13 matches that were to be held in the state after April 30.
In view of the back-to-back matches, it is impossible make arrangements for alternative lodging and boarding arrangements, and shift broadcast equipment, the board said.
IPL matches in Maharashtra came under the scanner after objections by activists over water wastage on cricket pitches in the drought-affected state.