MS Dhoni says shifting IPL 9 matches out of Maharashtra not a solution for drought

first_imgRising Pune Supergiants skipper MS Dhoni on Sunday said that shifting Indian Premier League matches from drought-hit Maharashtra would not resolve the perennial crisis as that required a ‘long-term’ solution.Dhoni’s comments came amid the furore over holding the T20 league matches in the drought-hit state.”If you see, all these questions are good to hear, I think for us it’s more important to seek long-term solutions,” said Dhoni when asked about his views about the prevailing drought in Maharashtra. (Drought not a problem only in Maharashtra, says Laxman)The dire situation over potable water in the state has sparked a raging debate over the suitability of playing IPL games in the state, besides leading to a PIL filed in the Bombay High Court challenging the use of large quantity of water for maintaining pitches despite the grave water crisis.There have been demands to shift all IPL matches out of Maharashtra. (Dhoni’s Supergiants rise up to the occasion)Three big cities in Maharashtra – Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur – are to play host to a total of 20 games, out of which one has already been held on Saturday at the Wankhede Stadium.”Whether IPL’s match number 5, 6 or 7 happens or not, I don’t think it makes much of a difference,” said Dhoni at the media conference where he was announced the brand ambassador of mobile handset Lava.”But we have to look at a long-term solution… How we ensure water is sent to those areas where there is water shortage.advertisement”From what I have seen on TV quite a few dams are there, where only one or two per cent water is left. So we have to look at a long-term solution,” Dhoni said.”I think people talking about whether matches should happen or not, it’s more momentarily driven than anything else. I think what’s important for us as a county is to see what the long-term solution is and we have to move in that direction,” said the wicketkeeper-batsman.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more