1. Maharashtra stand to lose Rs 100 crore if IPL is shifted: Anurag Thakur

Maharashtra stand to lose Rs 100 crore if IPL is shifted: Anurag Thakur

A day after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he is fine with the IPL moving out of the drought-affected Maharashtra, his party colleague and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur today warned that doing so will result in a loss of Rs 100 Cr for the State.

By: | Navi Mumbai | Published: April 9, 2016 8:37 PM
IPL A day after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he is fine with the IPL moving out of the drought-affected Maharashtra, his party colleague and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur today warned that doing so will result in a loss of Rs 100 Cr for the State. (PTI)

A day after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he is fine with the IPL moving out of the drought-affected Maharashtra, his party colleague and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur today warned that doing so will result in a loss of Rs 100 Cr for the State.

“Maharashtra gains Rs 100 Cr from IPL and if the tournament goes out of the state, it will be a loss for the state,” Thakur told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.

He said the figure is based on a study done by the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) after the last edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Faced with criticism over huge quantity of water usage for pitches for IPL, Fadnavis had yesterday said “we do not have any problem, if IPL is shifted from Maharashtra this season. No potable water will be provided for IPL this year.”

Thakur suggested the money earned from IPL can be better utilised by the Maharashtra Government for tackling drought and taking relief measures for the affected population.

It can be noted that Maharashtra will be hosting 18 matches, spread across Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur, during the this year’s season of the popular domestic T20 tournament.

He clarified the Cricket Board, too, is very concerned about the water crisis in the State and does not want to use potable water for maintaining the grounds.

It is also mulling to adopt drought-hit villages along with the franchises, who have been asked to prepare a report on what else can be done on the drought-mitigation front, Thakur said.

The franchises and BCCI will be presenting their side to the Bombay High Court on April 12 during hearing of a petition on shifting the IPL matches out of the State in the wake of water scarcity, he said.

A city-based NGO has petitioned the Court challenging the use of over 60 lakh litres of water to maintain pitches and sought shifting of IPL matches out of the State given the second successive drought it is experiencing.

Thakur acknowledged the cash-rich tournament has always been dogged by “unwanted controversies” in its nine- year history but stressed the league does a lot of good by helping “talent meet opportunity”.

The multi-city event, which is spread over nearly two months, helps the country’s youth find right cricket opportunities and also boosts the tourism sector, said the 41- year-old BCCI Secretary, who is also a Lok Sabha MP.

Tags: IPL 2016
  1. Amit Sahay
    Apr 10, 2016 at 5:55 am
    What a capitalist way of threatening
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    1. jayant shukla
      Apr 10, 2016 at 1:36 am
      use kitchen water for flush tank enforce this for all households in mumbai and tap rain water thru water harvesting
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        Devi
        Apr 9, 2016 at 11:40 pm
        Who is going to lose Rs. 100 crore and how? Is it the Treasury of Maharastra Government or the private sector operating in Mumbai? In any case, Rs. 100 crores will remain within India, and its value addition to GDP would continue as the matches will be pla in some other Indian State(s) and surely will not be off-sd!
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