Mumbai, Apr 12: Under fire for organising IPL matches in the drought-torn Maharashtra, the BCCI on Tuesday informed the Bombay High Court that it will use treated sewage water to maintain its pitches and the ground turf during matches.
The two teams from Maharashtra i.e. Rising Pune Supergiants and Mumbai Indians will play a total of 17 matches in Pune and Mumbai. Off these 17 matches 9 will be played in Pune while 8 will be played in Mumbai.
The board has informed the HC that Kings XI Punjab has expressed its desire to shift 3 of its matches, scheduled to be played in Nagpur, back to Mohali.
As per a TOI report, bench of Justice VM Kanade and Justice MS Karnik was informed by senior advocate Rafiq Dada that it requested the Royal Western India Turf Club to provide water from its sewage treatment plant at the Mahalaxmi racecourse.
"We are not going to use tanker," said Dada, adding, "Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) will provide 7 to 8 tankers of sewage treated water per day."
Earlier last week, rapping the BCCI and cricket associations in Maharashtra and Mumbai over water wastage when the state is reeling under severe drought, the High Court said ideally Indian Premier League(IPL) matches should be shifted elsewhere, where there is no water crisis.
"Only if water supply to BCCI is cut, you will understand," the court observed.
"How can you (cricket associations and BCCI) waste water like this. People are more important or 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," a division bench headed by Justices VM Kanade and MS Karnik said, while hearing a PIL filed by NGO 'Loksatta Movement'.
Ever since it was pulled up by the high court, the BCCI is making every possible attempt to search for an option to hold IPL matches in the state.