The first match of Indian Premiere League 2016 will be held on 9th April 2016, Saturday at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. But Bombay High Court reserving decision on 19 other matches to be played in Maharashtra, the fate of all the nine matches to be played in Pune hangs in the balance.
Ajay Shirke, Mumbai Cricket Association chairman said that, “We get rent for making the stadium available for the match. The amount is around 30 lakh. But our expenses for holding the match come to the same amount. So we don’t get anything. If the matches are shifted, we will not be affected.”
The court suggested about the shifting a matches outside the state on 6th April 2016, Wednesday. The court observed, “Only if water supply to BCCI is cut, you will understand.” Court remarked that, “How can you (cricket associations and BCCI) waste water like this? Are people not more important than your IPL matches? How can you be so careless? Who wastes water like this? This is criminal wastage. You know what the condition is in Maharashtra?”
The court asked to Mumbai Cricket Association how much water would be used at Wankhede stadium. Then MCA’s lawyer said that it would be using over 40 lakh litters for seven IPL matches which will be held in Wankhede Stadium.
According to some sources that is good response on online ticket booking for all nine matches. A source said, “Though all the tickets have not been sold, the response is good. The picture will become clearer only after the final High Court ruling, which is expected on Tuesday.”
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