Giving his take on the controversy created over holding IPL matches in Maharashtra, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said Friday that no one raised any issues when the 24 matches of the recently concluded T20 world cup were held in Maharashtra. The controversy, he said, emerged only for holding IPL matches.
“I fail to understand the issue being created now on holding IPL matches in Maharashtra. There was no opposition during the recently held T20 world cup but it is being made for IPL matches,” Shukla told reporters during his visit to Congress Bhavan. He said IPL has become a brand and it seems that deliberate efforts are being made to create problems for it. Shukla said that the Mumbai Cricket Association and Maharashtra Cricket Association would be affected with IPL matches being shifted out of the state, so they are entitled to challenge it in the Supreme Court.
The Mumbai cricket association had given assurances that only treated sewage water would be used for the grounds in Mumbai holding IPL matches while the Maharashtra cricket association had also informed that recycled water would be used at its stadium in Gahunje in Pune district, he said. “Thus, the two cricket associations could challenge the High Court decision in the Supreme Court.”
The state cricket associations have decided to contribute towards measures for drought relief in the state, Shukla added. On a similar issue being raised in Rajasthan, the IPL chairman said the matches there would be held as scheduled as there are no court orders on moving the matches out of Rajasthan.