Ness Wadia, co-owner of Kings XI Punjab says his team is considering to play their matches outside Maharashtra.   Getty Images
Ness Wadia, co-owner of Kings XI Punjab says his team is considering to play their matches outside Maharashtra. Getty Images

Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia today said that the franchise is “very seriously considering” shifting its three IPL matches from drought-hit Maharashtra to some other venue. Kings XI Punjab have three matches in Maharashtra region. They are scheduled to play Delhi Daredevils on May 7 in Nagpur, followed by a match against Mumbai Indians on May 13 in Mumbai and against Rising Pune Supergiants in Pune on May 21. “We are considering it on human grounds and considering it very seriously. We are considering it internally,” Wadia told ‘Times Now’ on the crisis that has created acute water shortage in the rural areas of drought-hit Maharashtra. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Kings XI Punjab vs Gujarat Lions, Live Score, 3rd T20 Match, IPL 2016

When asked if there have been any advice, Wadia said: “At the end of the day, we are going to listen to ourselves. What we can do as a franchise as we are all Indians. It’s not good that people don’t have water.” The Bombay High Court gave a go-ahead for the first IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants on April 9 but remaining 19 matches in the state are still under a cloud of doubt. BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur recently said that the state of Maharashtra could lose approximately Rs 100 crore if the matches are shifted out of the state.

Earlier, rapping Maharashtra government, the bench said “this is a serious issue…the government needs to look at it seriously.” “People who have money can afford to have as much water as they can whereas in other places people are getting water once in three days…this is an anomaly,” Justice Kanade said.