After Board for Control of Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur, Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla has now threatened to pull the cash-rich T20 league out of the country from next season onward. Shukla said some people are trying to “destroy” the brand. (Full IPL Coverage)
Bombay High Court has ordered to shift 13 IPL matches out of Maharashtra due to rising water crisis in the state. Mumbai Indians, Rising Pune Supergiants and Kings XI Punjab have been affected the most and they will now be playing their home matches in different states.
Shukla said nobody raised the issue of water being used for preparing cricket grounds during the ICC World Twenty20 a month back in India.
“Several matches took place in Maharashtra during T20 World Cup and same amount of water was being used (for IPL matches). However, nobody questioned use of water at that time and it is only during IPL the issue has been raised,” Shukla said.
“In the last one decade, IPL has emerged as a global brand and people in 182 countries see the games. However, some people are trying to destroy it.
“It is very difficult to build a brand, but it is very easy to destroy it; and if such things keep happening, we will have to think of shifting the game out of the country,” he added.
He supported Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) decision to move the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court order directing shifting of IPL matches outside Maharashtra in view of the prevailing drought in the state.
Both Maharashtra Cricket Association and MCA are affected bodies and they have all the right to go to the apex court against shifting of IPL matches.
“We will implement whatever the apex court rules.”
The IPL has been twice played outside India both being assembly election years. In 2009, the league was moved for the entire duration to South Africa, while in 2014, it was shifted to the United Arab Emirates for the first 15 days.