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April 13, 2016

Do you agree with the decision to move IPL matches out of Maharashtra?

ESPNcricinfo staff


The drought in the state is at emergency levels, and everything that can be done to alleviate the problem should be done


Shifting the matches won't change the situation much since water consumption due to IPL matches is a tiny fraction of overall use


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May 22, 2016, 11:46 GMT


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April 16, 2016, 3:44 GMT

  Snehil Kesarwani

I am not entirely aware of the adversities which the people in the rural areas of Maharashtra are facing due to drought. But simple economics would say that the water which would otherwise have been used for IPL matches can now be used for agricultural activities. Although it is true that IPL is a soft target. But from the point of view of the state administrators, distress faced by farmers is significantly more important. IPL matches can be held elsewhere. But in the longer run, alternative farming strategies have to be devised.

April 16, 2016, 3:26 GMT


The drought in the state is at emergency levels, and everything that can be done to alleviate the problem should be done

April 15, 2016, 16:25 GMT


Shifting #IPL cricket matches away from Mumbai, Pune & Nagpur might be a loss to the people of draught affected area and Maharashtra rather than a benifit for which it has been banned. People of drought affected area are deprived from Rs 5 Crore(50 million) and 4 million literes of water from the teams. Maharashtra would loose millions of revenue and business if 20 matches are moved. #IPL&Cricket are just a soft target these days.

April 15, 2016, 13:15 GMT


nation and people are above the sport or the any sorts of entertainement. given the status of water scarsity in the state, it is wise to shift the venues and donate some of the profits to the place of their franchise. keeping the name for pride doesn't end our relation to the team , but its our responsibility to share the burdon of the place is the main spirit of sports in the nation. if BCCI stands for the developmen of the fringe players from the regions, development of the brand of the region and to develop cricket in India! it is cricket's responsibility to improve the lives of the people who support the sport, more than our national sports.

April 15, 2016, 12:23 GMT


I am glad matches have been moved out of Maharashtra!

April 15, 2016, 7:56 GMT

Hari Ravi

I think it is good beginning by the court. People spend crores of rupees on unwanted things rather than spending on people development activities. IPL should be the beginning and the court should ensure that this is followed for every such extravaganza. High spending events, weddings, spending public money to construct huge statues, etc. should stop and the monies involved should be judiciously used for society development. In fact court should have intervened much earlier. It is not too late and it is possible to shift the games to places where there is lesser shortage of water. Vizag, Kochi and Raipur are best options. Let every organiser realise their responsibility towards the society

April 16, 2016, 6:33 GMT


Drought is a serious issue and you need to tackle it on a long term basis. Moving matches is only effecting attention from this serious issue. Answers should be sought from the govt. on what is being done to tackle the water problem. IPL is just a soft target and mark my words this will happen every year!

April 15, 2016, 13:25 GMT


It won't change the situation. Its just deflecting the main issue, IPL is a soft target as the government can easily show the citizens that they are doing something to counter the situation. Whereas, the ground reality won't change. The amount of water consumed by the stadiums is 0.2% of the total water consumption. The teams also offered to use sewage water and contribute to the relief fund. IPL provides an economic boost to the state and employment to the workers, the government and the courts are only increasing the suffering on the common man by this decision. It would be huge logistical challenge and there are various issue with other international quality grounds in our country which hinder their chances of hosting the matches. It is also a severe disadvantage on the teams and their owners.

April 15, 2016, 10:19 GMT


No point in moving matches.It will not change situation in any way. moreover chance that some people will benefit by conducting matches and now it's high time that people as well as all other concerned people take necessary steps to overcome the situation throughout the country.