IPL 2019: Drought becomes new threat in scheduling
This season’s Indian Premier League is having another issue in the form of severe drought occurring in many places of India.
The 12th edition of Indian Premier League is inching closer day by day. There were many suspects going around the league’s time and venues due to the parliamentary election of India and of course the mega cricket festival, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to be played in England and Wales this year.
But all the suspects and doubts were cleared officially by BCCI since they announced the time period of the league and also confirmed that the league will be played in India despite the election in the country.
Now there is another threat going around the league since many parts of the country like Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh are experiencing severe drought at the moment. This one has added more pressure on the committee in preparing the fixtures of the league which is yet to be announced.
“The idea, therefore, was to keep neutral venues in mind and host matches in areas that are not clashing with the elections. Now, it’s also become imperative to understand the drought situation better. Nobody’s going to be surprised if PILs get filed in the courts,” a close source said.
Maharashtra, nevertheless, is not the only state to be facing a severe drought. While close to 930 villages in the state have been declared drought-affected, the state government is already under added pressure from regions like Marathwada who are demanding instant relief.
At the same time, Andhra Pradesh is also experiencing the same kind of problem in major parts of the state. Chennai too is suffering. The city has witnessed a rainfall deficit of 54% this monsoon and those tracking developments say: “A 2017-like crisis is looming”.
A rough calculation suggests that close to 450 matches at various age groups have been held between these regions this domestic season. Compared to that, one city in each of these states will technically host merely seven matches in IPL – that too, if elections don’t ensure they’re shifted. “But seven IPL matches have more at stake on all fronts. Media, for one, likes to play up IPL and not these age-group matches,” the source added.