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

first_imgA day after Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said he is fine with the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches moving out of the drought-affected state, his party colleague and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur on Saturday warned that doing so will result in a loss of Rs 100 Cr for the state.  (Also Read: After World T20, IPL fever set to grip Indian fans)”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.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 IPL.Faced with criticism over huge quantity of water being used to maintain the pitches for the cash-rich league, Fadnavis on Friday 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 that the money earned from IPL can be better utilised by the Maharashtra government for tackling drought and taking relief measures for the affected population. (Also Read: Anurag Thakur to meet Mumbai Indians, Rising Pune Supergiants to discuss Maharashtra crisis)It can be noted that Maharashtra will be hosting 18 matches, spread across Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur, during this year’s season of the popular domestic T20 tournament.He clarified that the board, too, is concerned about the water crisis in the state and does not want to use potable water for maintaining the grounds.advertisementIt 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 the BCCI will be presenting their side to the Bombay High Court on April 12 during the hearing of a petition on shifting the IPL matches out of the state in the wake of water scarcity, he said. (Also Read: Rajeev Shukla promises farmers’ welfare at opening ceremony)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 that the IPL 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.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more