Bombay High Court has today given its nod for the opening show and encounter of the IPL series, scheduled to start on April 9 at Wankhade stadium. With great reluctance, it agreed to the request of BCCI which said since it had already sold tickets, it cannot cancel the event.
The court said that the petition had been filed too late to cancel the first match and that it will continue hearing in the case on April 12.
But in sharp words the court said to India’s cricket board the BCCI, “It is a question of priority – a game or people… Are you going to maintain gardens and stadiums when people are dying? Is this what you are saying?”
The BCCI had said, “Water is required throughout the year. On match day it is not needed.