Downplaying accusations by critics over the IPL drought row, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Anurag Thakur on Wednesday said that the cricket body is being judged despite of the good work it is doing in the matter.
Thakur told ANI, ” BCCI has clarified that we won’t take any portable water and that the sewerage treated water will be used. Now I feel it’s a honorary job without honor, if you get only criticism even after doing hard work.”Thakur asserted that BCCI has taken the right step and it should be welcomed and added that it will accept courts order.
The Bombay High Court will today examine BCCI’s reply over its previous orders of considering shifting the IPL matches out of drought-hit Maharashtra.
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The High Court in its last hearing asked the BCCI if they could provide 40 lakh litres of water that they had used earlier to the drought-affected areas. The BCCI, however, insisted before the court that they would use recycled sewage water for maintaining pitches for the 17 IPL matches to be held in Mumbai and Pune.
According to the Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) lawyer, the treated sewage water will be supplied by the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITF), which will in turn be helpful in tackling water crisis without using potable water. Earlier, the Bombay High Court had given green signal for the opening match of the ninth season between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday, saying the public interest litigation was filed too late and the organisers have already made the necessary arrangements.