Watering cricket pitches in drought hit Maharashtra is criminal wastage. The cash cow called IPL is taking the Lion’s share of water for cricketing activities for 45 days. The extravaganza called IPL is just time pass and does not help to improve the standard of the game as pointed out by the Supreme Court. The Bombay High Court has sought an explanation from the BCCI and the three state associations in Maharashtra on why water should be wasted on hosting IPL 2016 matches when the state is facing one of its worst-ever droughts. The court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Loksatta Movement, a Mumbai-based NGO, which wanted the IPL matches in Maharashtra relocated following a severe state-wide drought in recent months. The court has asked the BCCI and the concerned state associations – the Mumbai Cricket Association, the Maharashtra Cricket Association and the Vidarbha Cricket Association – to give a detailed account of the amount of water that will be needed for the tournament. However, no orders have yet been passed by the court.
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