Mumbai Indians have select for Jaipur Sawai Man Singh Stadium as their home ground in the Indian Premier League 2016 cricket tournament after Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to shift all matches of the cash-rich league from the drought-hit west Indian state of Maharashtra. The Bombay High Court ruling to shift all IPL matches after April 30 out of Maharashtra because of a severe state-wide drought. Rising Pune Supergiants, the other franchise based in Maharashtra, had listed Visakhapatnam as their alternative venue.

IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla told media: We had given Mumbai Indians three options – Jaipur, Kanpur and Raipur. The Mumbai Indians told us that they would like to play their home matches at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur. Accordingly, the IPL and IMG officials will be going to Rajasthan tomorrow in order to speak to the state government.

Mumbai Indians have a huge fan following in Jaipur, a fact that surely helped them decide on this venue. Also, connectivity and easy availability of hotels and other infrastructure would have would have prompted the IPL governing council to go along with Mumbai Indian’s choice. Earlier, Jaipur used to be the home ground of the now-suspended Rajasthan Royals. Shukla clarified that the Rajasthan Cricket Association, which is under suspension, will not play a part in the organisation the matches.

Jaipur to get three IPL9 matches in May, Mumbai Indians call Pink City their home outside Maharashtra.

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