Water scarcity in the state led the Bombay High Court to question the Indian cricket board (BCCI) over the “cruel wastage” of water in order to maintain pitches during IPL games. This led to a massive debate over the viability of hosting IPL games in the state. Mumbai (8), Nagpur (3) and Pune (8) are to stage a total of 19 IPL games including the final, out of which the first match, between the Rising Pune Supergiants and Mumbai Indians, was held at the Wankhede on Saturday.
“Whether IPL’s match number 5, 6 or 7 happens or not, I don’t think it makes much of a difference. But we have to look at a long-term solution…how we ensure water is sent to areas where there is shortage. From what I have seen on TV quite a few dams are there where only one or two per cent water is left.”