After much much debate and deliberation, the venues for Indian Premier League (IPL) sides Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants from May 1 have been announced. This announcement was made in the wake of the Bombay High Court telling the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to empathize with the plight of the farmers in Maharashtra. IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla announced that Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants will have Visakhapatnam as their main venue. Delhi’s Ferozshah Kotla stadium to host Eliminator and one Qualifier instead of Eden Gardens. Also Read: Sense prevails in Bombay High Court’s verdict to shift matches out of Maharashtra Also Read - Over 200 School Students, Staffers Test Positive For Coronavirus in Maharashtra Hostel | Lockdown Likely?
There has been widespread suicide in the state because of water scarcity. Just two days before the start of the IPL, the Bombay High Court summoned the BCCI to shift the venues. Approximately, 60,,000 litres of water is used to maintain the pitches. There have been widespread suicides in the farmer community. In the cricketing fraternity though, the decision was met with a cold response. Even high-profile players like MS Dhoni opined that shifting matches out of the state would not solve the water crisis in the state. It was announced on Thursday that the IPL general commission would get together in Delhi to discuss the venues for the matches starting from May 1. Also Read: Maharashtra stand to lose Rs 100 Crore if IPL is shifted: Anurag Thakur Also Read - Coronavirus: Maharashtra Reports 8807 New Cases, 80 Deaths; Districts Asked to Ramp up Testing
The initial set of matches went ahead as scheduled. Mumbai Indians played their last game at Wankhede Stadium against Kolkata Knight Riders, a match which they comfortably won by six wickets. According to a PTI report, MI were earlier told their new home venue is a choice between Mohali, Dharamsala and Kanpur after their earlier preferred venue, Jaipur, has run into rough weather following the filing of a PIL there citing water scarcity in the Pink City. RPS’s last home game at MCA Stadium in Pune would be the Maharashtra Derby against Mumbai Indians on May 1. Also Read - Coronavirus: Schools, Colleges, Coaching Institutes To Remain Shut till March 31 in Maharashtra’s Jalna