The Bombay High Court Friday said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should ensure it does not hold matches in those places in the state where facilities like water are not available due to severe drought conditions.
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A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice M S Sonak was hearing a bunch of petitions raising concern regarding severe drought conditions every year in the state. The BCCI is also a party in the public interest litigation filed by NGO, Loksatta Movement seeking IPL matches to be shifted out of the state as over 60 lakh litres of water was being used for ground management despite drought in the state.
In April this year, the high court directed BCCI to shift all IPL matches to be held in Maharashtra post April 30 outside the state due to the severe drought condition.
The BCCI on Friday asked the court to excuse it from litigations as their role is over but the court refused and said the IPL tournament will be held next year also. “You (BCCI) can assist us. IPL will be held next year also…again the same issue will crop up. But this year please ensure that matches are not held in those places where you know certain places do not have proper facilities. As a parent body, BCCI should be taking care of all this beforehand so that franchises do not suffer in the end,” Chief Justice Chellur said.