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Can you afford Rs 100 crore revenue loss? BCCI asks Fadnavis

Sat, Apr 09, 2016, 06:24 PM
Cricket is an individual game, played by eleven. This truth even the highly personalized Board of Control for Cricket in India does not realize. Whereas tackling drought is a team game, requiring the mite of all.

Continuing the personalized cricketing tradtion, the BCCI Secretary mocked the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, `What, you want the IPL cricket mataches to be shifted out of the State and can you afford to lose the revenue?'

The Secretary, Anurag Thakur, reminded the Chief Minsiter that Maharashtra would be losing Rs 100 crore revenue by the gesture. What a big sum Rs 100 crore is!

Anurag Thakur was responding to water conservation bid by the Maharashtra government, which wanted the proposed 19 matches to be shifted out of the State in view of the worst drought in a century. The government could not provide water required to wet the pitches for the IPL cricket. Instead, the BCCI secretary advised the government to use the Rs 100 crore for relief measures.

What is Rs 100 crore when the sum required for relief and rehabilitation of the farmers families in Maharashtra, especially Marathwada, runs into tens of thousands of crores of rupees? So is cricket important or growing grass for the cattle?

The Maharashtra government has realized the importance of fodder in Maharashtra where some 320,000 farmers are believed to have perished by the pressure of drought, one way or the order.
Agency: Ap7am Desk

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