The matches scheduled until April 30 can, however, be held in the state, the court said, adding it could not afford to ignore the plight of people affected by drought.
Five matches will be played in Maharashtra this month. The 13 matches that will move out include six to be played in Pune, four in Mumbai and three in Nagpur.
The court is furious from the day one of the hearing of PIL chiding BCCI for wastage of precious water at a time when the state is facing severe drought conditions. BCCI’s argument that it is using only treated sewage water for wetting the grounds did not satisfy the bench.