IPL 2016: MCA moves to Supreme Court

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Mumbai and Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) has moved to the Supreme Court (SC) against High Court orders to hear their side on shifting of matches for IPL 2016. A joint plea was filed to SC regarding the IPL matches. The plea was mentioned before a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh by senior advocate Kapil Sibal which listed the matter for hearing on 25 April.

The cricket association in its plea said that it will not be using potable water for the cricket pitches but use treated sewage water instead.

Earlier Bombay High Court directed the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) to shift the IPL matches, which will be playing after April 30, out of Maharashtra. Bombay HC which said in view of the drought in Maharashtra it would be better to shift the matches.

According to the IPL schedule, five matches will be played in Maharashtra this month. The 13 matches that will move out include six to be played in Pune (including two knockout game), four in Mumbai (including final at Wankhede) and three in Nagpur. The state was earlier scheduled to host 20 matches.

The three Nagpur matches scheduled for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), has been decided to be shifted to Dharamsala on Thursday, while MI have opted Jaipur as their venue. As for the six matches of Pune, it is scheduled to be held at Visakhapatnam. Now with one of the match to be played in Pune itself, the rest five matches will be played on different venue. With regards to the drought issue, MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh expressed their views and felt changing venue is not the solution. While KXIP skipper David Miller, was indifferent towards the issue.

The High Court’s direction had come despite an assurance by BCCI that IPL franchises of Mumbai and Pune had agreed to contribute Rs five crore to Chief Minister’s drought relief fund. Since the final was scheduled to be played at Mumbai, it has now been shifted to Bengaluru.