The Bombay High Court on Wednesday permitted BCCI to hold the May 1 IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants in Pune, days after it ordered shifting to other venues all post-April 30 matches planned in drought-hit Maharashtra.
A division bench of justices V M Kanade and M S Karnik granted the permission while hearing an application filed by BCCI’s general manager (games development) Ratnakar Shetty urging the court to let the cricket body hold the May 1 IPL match as scheduled in Pune.
The application had been filed following an order passed by the high court on April 12 directing for all IPL matches from April 30 onwards to be shifted out of Maharashtra due to the severe drought situation in the state.
By the High Court order, a total of 13 matches were to be shifted to other states.
Shetty, in his application, sought the court to grant permission to allow the cricket board to hold the May 1 match in Pune between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants as they would not be able to make arrangements to shift the match in a single day.
According to the application, the Pune team is scheduled to play a match against Gujrat Lions on April 29 in Pune, and hence, it is “practically impossible” for BCCI and the Pune franchise to shift the May 1 match to an another venue outside Maharashtra and “make all arrangements for the same in just a single day”.
The High Court after hearing the arguments of BCCI allowed the application and said this was as an “exception”.
Shetty’s application stated that its request is “bonafide and is being made in the interest of justice” and if the court does not grant relief then severe prejudice, grave hardship and irreparable damage and injury will be caused to BCCI and the Pune franchise.
The application further stated that if the May 1 match is shifted to any venue outside the state then the team members and its crew can travel only in the afternoon of April 30 as the match on April 29 will get over only late in the night.