16 April, Mumbai
The cash-rich IPL cricket league Saturday picked Bengaluru as the venue for its finale and offered four alternate home options to the state’s affected franchises.
This development comes after the IPL schedule was thrown haywire following the Bombay High Court ordered the shifting of 13 IPL matches out of drought-hit Maharashtra.
In a meeting between IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla and representatives of the Rising Pune Supergiants and Mumbai Indians, it was decided to allot IPL’s final and the first Qualifier to Bengaluru.
The second Qualifier and the Eliminator, on the other hand, have been proposed to be moved to Kolkata to implement the Bombay High Court’s order. The Court had asked the BCCI to shift all the IPL matches after April 30 from Maharashtra due to the acute water crisis in the state.
In today’s meeting, the two affected franchises were asked to pick from Raipur, Jaipur, Visakhapatnam and Kanpur as their alternate home base. While Pune opted for Visakhapatnam, Mumbai Indians sought two days’ time to choose their new base.
Shukla told reporters after the meeting that the organisers of the IPL would propose before the Governing Council that Final and Qualifier 1 be shifted to Bengaluru, while Qualifier 2 and Eliminator to Kolkata.
Shukla also stated that the BCCI will plead before the High Court to allow the May 1 clash between Mumbai and Pune to go ahead in Pune as the home franchise will be playing a game in the city on April 29.
Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur were the three venues in Maharashtra holding IPL matches before a Public Interest Litigation was filed, alleging wastage of water in maintenance of pitches.