As an individual who empathises with the poor farmer families, this decision makes complete sense to me; what doesn't, though, is the delay our judiciary and lawmakers take in coming to such conclusions.

The realization regarding water wastage came to High Court a week back after an NGO filed a PIL regarding the same. Now that the tournament has already started, BCCI has been asked to shift matches to new venues.

A similar set of events happened in March when India was hosting the 6th edition of ICC World T20. Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh refused to host India-Pakistan match in Dharamsala citing security reasons after the kin of Pathankot martyrs rose in protest saying that the cricket match will be an 'insult' to the soldiers who died for the country.

The match was eventually shifted to Eden Gardens 10 days before its scheduled date and after much ado.

The High Court's decision to shift IPL matches finds its ground in humanity and the need to comfort the less fortunate, drought-affected people. However, its timing is highly questionable as the last moment shifting will cause great inconvenience to the IPL organisers and the Cricket Board, and it will be a challenging task to organize matches with proper security arrangements at such short notice.

Media is abuzz with arguments and counter arguments on this issue with everyone having their own subjective take regarding what the High Court should do. But what is important is that that irrespective of the party against whom the decision is taken, time should be given substantial value, especially in cases which require administrative procedures to be executed, as happened with this case which requires shifting of a mega event.

All said and done, BCCI should have realized the seriousness of the drought issue much before planning the IPL schedule, and the Court should have realized it even sooner.

IPL 2016: BCCI feels targetted after High Court's ruling to shift matches

By: Ira Shukla

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