Mumbai Cricket Association Moves Supreme Court, Wants IPL To Stay in Maharashtra

Updated: 22 April 2016 12:53 IST

The Bombay High Court has ordered that all 2016 IPL matches in May must be moved out from drought-hit Maharashtra. Mumbai Cricket Association has now moved the Supreme Court.

Mumbai Cricket Association Moves Supreme Court, Wants IPL To Stay in Maharashtra
The Bombay High Court has ordered all IPL matches to be shifted out of Maharashtra after May 1. © BCCI

Mumbai Cricket Association, which stages Indian Premier League matches at its home ground Wankhede Stadium, has approached the Supreme Court on Friday to let it host 2016 IPL games as scheduled earlier. MCA is home to defending champions Mumbai Indians.

The Supreme Court will hear the MCA appeal on Monday. Wankhede is scheduled to host the 2016 IPL final on May 29.

Thirteen matches were affected after the Bombay High Court asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India to shift all IPL matches in May out of drought-hit Maharashtra. It meant matches scheduled in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur had to be rescheduled.

Kings XI Punjab had chosen Nagpur as its second home but the Orange City has lost all its three IPL games to Dharamsala. Jaipur will host three games of Mumbai Indians while Rising Pune Supergiants are likely to play in Visakhapatnam.

The BCCI is yet to release a new schedule as court has intervened in Jaipur as well. Sections have objected to IPL matches in Rajasthan which is also reeling under drought.

Several players are coaches like Yuvraj Singh and Rahul Dravid are upset at this change in schedule due to drought.   

"We are not against people of Maharashtra and have full sympathy with them," senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who's appearing for MCA, told the Supreme Court on Friday.

Highlights
  • MCA has approached Supreme Court to allow IPL matches in Maharashtra.
  • Mumbai Indians have chosen Jaipur as their new venue.
  • No IPL matches to be held after May 1 in Maharashtra.
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