IPL Matches: MCA Moves SC Against Bombay HC Order


New Delhi: The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) on Friday moved the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court order on shifting of IPL matches due to severe drought.

The apex court will hear the matter on April 25.

The Bombay High Court had on April 13 ordered shifting of all IPL matches scheduled in Maharashtra after April 30 to another state.

As per the High Court’s order, 13 matches, including the final in Mumbai scheduled for May 29, cannot be held in Maharashtra.

The High Court passed the order after hearing a petition filed by an NGO, which claimed that 60 lakh litres of water is proposed to be used for maintaining cricket pitches in the three venues that will host the IPL matches in Maharashtra namely Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur.

The High Court’s direction had come despite an assurance by the BCCI that IPL franchises of Mumbai and Pune had agreed to contribute Rs. five crore each to the Chief Minister’s drought relief fund.