Lashing out at the BCCI for converting Indian public to “zombies of cricket” by foisting tournaments like IPL “tamasha”, former Sports Minister MS Gill today asked the Board to have some sanity in its thinking and shift the matches of the lucrative T20 competition out of drought-hit Maharashtra.
Gill, who served as the Union Sports Minister from April 2008 to May 2009 and currently a Rajya Sabha member from Punjab, was reacting after Bombay High Court raised questions on why water should be “wasted” on hosting IPL matches in Maharashtra when the state is facing one of its worst-ever droughts.
In total, 20 IPL matches are scheduled to be held in Maharashtra in three venues — Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur.
“The drought condition in Maharashtra is so severe that in a few days people in areas like Marathawada will not even have a glass of water to drink. As a former Sports Minister and ex-Agriculture Secretary, I know that several parts of Maharashtra are bone dry and I am amazed that in this situation the BCCI wants to hold these IPL matches,” Gill told PTI today. Read More