HC allows BCCI to hold May 1 IPL match in Pune

According to the application, the Pune team is scheduled to play a match against Gujrat Lions on April 29 in Pune, and hence, it is "practically impossible" for BCCI and the Pune franchise to shift the May 1 match outside Maharashtra.

Rising Pune Supergiants and Mumbai Indians will play their second leg in Pune.   -  Vivek Bendre

The Bombay High Court today permitted BCCI to hold the May 1 Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants in Pune, days after it ordered to shift all matches from April 30 out of drought-hit Maharashtra.

A division bench of justices V. M. Kanade and M. S. Karnik granted the permission after hearing an application filed by BCCI's general manager (games development) Ratnakar Shetty.

The application was filed following an order passed by the High Court on April 12 that ordered all IPL matches from April 30 to be shifted out of Maharashtra due to the severe drought situation in the state. A total of 13 matches were to be shifted to other states.

Shetty, in his application, sought the court to allow BCCI hold the May 1 match in Pune between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants as they would not be able to make arrangements to shift the match in a single day.

DIFFICULT TO SHIFT THE MAY 1 MATCH

According to the application, the Pune team is scheduled to play a match against Gujrat Lions on April 29 in Pune, and hence, it is “practically impossible” for BCCI and the Pune franchise to shift the May 1 match outside Maharashtra and “make all arrangements for the same in just a single day”.

The High Court after hearing the arguments of BCCI allowed the application and said this was as an “exception”.

Shetty’s application stated that its request is “bonafide and is being made in the interest of justice” and if the court does not grant relief then “severe prejudice, grave hardship and irreparable damage and injury” will be caused to BCCI and the Pune franchise.