Indian Premier League 2016: Virat Kohli Takes Diplomatic Stand on Drought Issue

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Virat Kohli hopes an amicable solution is found between the contending parties on the Indian Premier League (IPL) drought crisis.


Bengaluru: Amid the furore over holding Indian Premier League (IPL) games in drought-hit Maharashtra, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli on Monday said he is awaiting the Bombay High Court verdict and hoped the two contending parties find an amicable solution. (Shift Indian Premier League Matches Out of Maharashtra Due to Drought: BJP)

“If it is manageable, I am sure they (the respondents and petitioners) will find a way to work things around and I am sure whatever decision is taken, both sides will come to a mutual agreement and make a good decision because that will be taken in the best interest of looking at both sides of the coin,” Kohli said in Bengaluru. (Former BJP MLA Opposes Indian Premier League Matches in Rajkot)

“Yeah, things are the way we see right now and I am also waiting for what the decision is.” (Shifting Indian Premier League Matches Not Solution to Drought: Mahendra Singh Dhoni)

The controversy surrounding the water usage for the IPL in Maharashtra came to the fore after a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Bombay High Court seeking extra charges on the water used by IPL for watering pitches.

Regarding the latest PIL filed by Bengaluru-based environmental activist before the Karnataka High Court, asking it to issue direction to Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Board to submit a water audit report on the usage of water for IPL matches at Chinnaswamy stadium, Kohli hoped the issues would be sorted out in the best possible way.

“I am sure the issues that have risen would be sorted out in the best possible way, and I don’t want to comment more on the subject as I don’t know the magnitude of the problem that occurred,” he said.

Kohli insisted that his opinion would not matter much as the issues would be sorted out by the authority and people at higher posts.

“Me putting an opinion, I don’t think it will matter too much. So, it is up to the authority and people at higher posts to sort out those issues, which obviously are there in their hands,” Kohli said.

Royal Challengers Bangalore are scheduled to play their home matches at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.

Source: NDTV

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