There is talk of IPL shifting out of the country in 2017, but could it become a permanent affair? The reason for this is that this time matches had to be moved out of Maharashtra due to drought after a court ruling.
There have been many Public Interest Litigations against the IPL, but this is the first time they’ve drawn blood like this. Will the PILs continue? An important fact is that the IPL is always held before India’s monsoon and so a Damocles Sword will hang above them every year if there are drought-like conditions. A precedent has already been set.
An out of India IPL may mean less money, but then it will be a more stable affair and that may be the only way of making it PIL-proof!
The mood in official circles was summed up by IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla who said, "The IPL has become a global brand. It's being telecast in 182 countries, the highest figure following FIFA events. It is easy to bring it down. It always attracts publicity and there are a lot of news related to IPL, that's why people think that they should go after the IPL."