The Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) has moved the Supreme Court challenging Bombay High Court order to shift IPL-9 matches out of Maharashtra.
In this regard, a joint petition was filed int the SC. The petition mentioned before a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh by senior advocate Kapil Sibal which listed the matter for hearing on April 25.
In its petition, the MCA said it will not be using drinking water for maintenance of cricket pitches, but instead use treated sewage water.
The three matches to be held in Nagpur have been decided to be shifted to Dharamsala on 21 April, while Mumbai Indians have opted Jaipur as their venue. As for Pune’s five matches, they will now be held in Visakhapatnam. One match will, however, be played in Pune itself.
After April 30, a total of six in Pune, four in Mumbai and three in Nagpur are and the HC stated that the matches should be shifted out of Maharashtra in view of the acute shortage of water.
The Bombay HC’s direction came in the wake of an assurance by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that Mumbai and Pune franchises have agreed to sanction Rs five crore to Chief Minister’s drought relief fund.