This calculation is on the internet – I’d guess the sums could be OK for the UK as wel as India !! – DT
Abhimanyu Rathi – Sustainability engineer working on low cost water purifiers
A typical 12 pitch cricket square is 12 x 3 m x 25 m = 900 m2 in area (0.09 ha). A typical pitch is only 3 m x 25 m = 75 m2 in area. Therefore irrigation requirements are small relative to other sports including golf, football and bowls.
For a typical 20 minute watering during pitch preparation – 500-800 L of water is used. For the entire ground this will come close to 2500-3000 L of water / day.
Grounds are not irrigated on a daily basis. Per month requirement, at the maximum will be 40,000 Liters of water.
Assuming 7 matches are played on a single ground during World T20 Cricket Tournament, the requirement of water will be not exceed 40000 Liters.
This is equal to the per month water requirement of two families of four in India.
I humbly request you to also take into consideration our pride and prestige associated with hosting this event. The short term opportunities it provides and the tourism it develops.
I understand your emotions and hopefully our scientists and innovators are working on it. For the time being, as Andy Weir writes in his famous book The Martian – ‘let’s science the shit out of this planet
Hope this helps.
Edit 1: 6th April 2016: Just read Supreme Court has asked BCCI to shift IPL Matches of Maharashtra out of the state. I am sorry but as of now I don’t know on what exact calculations was the Supreme Court decision based. Will try to add more details on it as soon as I am able to go through some information on the same. Thanks.