Extreme water conditions hit franchises in Indian Premier League

by | Apr 13, 2016

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Pakistan cricket team captain Misbah-ul-Haq drinks water during a practice

Indian Premier League (IPL) Chief Operating Officer (COO) Ratnakar Shetty has written a letter to franchises Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad asking whether they would be willing to provide drinking water to the drought hit state.

And the Mumbai franchise which has Trinidad and Tobago’s Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard in their squad has agreed to provide potable water to the drought-affected areas.

A confirmation was expected from the other two franchises before the hearing resumed.

Yesterday, hearing a Public Interest Litigation against the hosting of IPL matches in Maharashtra, the court asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (the BCCI) to consider shifting the matches out of state, while seeking reply from the board by next hearing scheduled to be held today.

The High Court also asked the Board of Control if they could provide 40 lakh litres of water that they had used earlier to the drought-affected areas.

The Board, however, insisted before the court that they would use recycled sewage water for pitches for the 17 IPL matches to be held in Mumbai and Pune.

According to the Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) lawyer, the treated sewage water will be supplied by the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITF), which will in turn be helpful in tackling water crisis without using potable water.

Earlier, a Public Interest Litigation filed by NGO Loksatta Movement and others stated that as much as 60 lakh litres of water is proposed to be used for maintaining cricket pitches in the three venues that will host the IPL matches in Maharashtra.

Here in the West Indies Indian businessman Vijay Mallya says he has paid only $100 for the Barbados Tridents, a franchise in the Caribbean Premier Twenty20 tournament.

Mallya’s revelation comes roughly two months after he made the purchase, ending weeks of speculation about the sale. Tridents is one of six franchises participating in the CPL, set to bowl off from June 29 and run until August 7.

“Everyone made a big drama about me acquiring the CPL team Barbados Tridents,”said Mallya. “It was an acquisition that was not made for any cash. The acquisition was made for just $100.”

Mallya has been described as a troubled businessman who left India last month amid attempts by creditors to recover US$1.5 billion owed by the long-grounded Kingfisher Airlines.

He bought the CPL team in February, just before stepping down as chairman of United Spirits, and subsequently also lost control over IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore.

“By buying the team, me and the other shareholders assumed the obligation to participate in the tournament,” said Mallya.

“Now, participation in CPL costs money. So I went to the Barbados Government saying I need your support. I met the prime minister and the Government agreed to support, but I paid $100 only to buy the team”.

“The Barbados Government is granting subsidies to the franchise. People don’t get it and jump to conclusions without knowing the facts,” said Mallya, who is reportedly living in the United Kingdom.

“There is a cost of participation such as players’ salaries and franchise fee. So I worked out all the numbers, studied the model and went to Government,asking for help. They were keen to help me”.