Mumbai, Maharashtra boards file petition in SC

The Mumbai Cricket Association and the Maharashtra Cricket Association have filed a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court to review Bombay High Court's decision to move IPL matches out of the state of Maharashtra.

The regional cricket boards in Maharashtra have moved the Supreme Court after being disappointed with BCCI's decision of not challenging the Bombay High Court order.   -  AP

The Mumbai Cricket Association and Maharashtra Cricket Association in a joint Special Leave Petition (SLP) have moved the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court’s decision to move most of the Indian Premier League matches scheduled in Maharashtra out of the state.

Sportstar understands that both the state associations have moved a joint SLP against the last week’s verdict that forced the IPL authorities to find alternative venues for 13 of the 20 matches, which were scheduled to be staged in the stage, due to severe drought in the state. The petition is understood to have strongly objected to the maintainability of the order issued by the Bombay HC.

On Wednesday, the Bombay High Court allowed the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s appeal to allow the May 1 match to be staged in Pune despite having ordered to move all the May games out of Maharashtra.

Alternative venues shortlisted

The BCCI had not only decided to challenge the High Court directive but also consultation with the affected home franchises Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants has shortlisted Jaipur and Visakhapatnam as alternate home venues for both the teams.

It is understood that officials of both Maharashtra and Mumbai bodies are upset with the parent body not challenging the order but also with many details mentioned by the court. During the hearing of the PIL filed by Loksatta Foundation earlier this month, both the state associations had promised to use sewage water for maintaining the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and the Maharashtra Cricket Association’s stadium at Gahunje, on the outskirts of Mumbai.

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