KXIP owner Wadia open to shifting IPL ties out of Maharashtra

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New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) owner Ness Wadia has supported the idea of shifting Indian Premier League (IPL) matches out of Maharashtra due to the water crisis in the state.

“We are definitely considering shifting the matches on humanitarian grounds. The consideration has been done internally. Obviously, we can’t hold matches when people of India are suffering and water crisis is a serious issue,” Wadia told Times Now on Monday.

Maharashtra is scheduled to host 20 IPL matches in three venues — Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur. All three cities are currently experiencing a water crisis with the summer just hotting up. Kings XI Punjab are scheduled to play three matches in Nagpur.

The staging of IPL matches in drought-hit Maharashtra has attracted a lot of controversy with an NGO named Loksatta Movement filing a PIL in the Bombay High Court demanding that the lucrative Twenty20 league should be shifted out of the state.

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The NGO has claimed that more than six million litres of water would be utilised to maintain cricket pitches at the three stadia in Maharashtra where IPL matches are scheduled to be held.

The Bombay High Court had also suggested that IPL matches should be shifted out of the state.

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