Amid the furore over water being used to maintain cricket pitches for IPL games in drought-hit Maharashtra, Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman on Thursday said shifting matches is not a solution for what is now a national problem.

Stakes are so high in Indian cricket that even before the christening of their respective team names, Indian Premier League's two new franchises – Pune and Rajkot – were pitted against each other in the player draft on Tuesday.

The BCCI disciplinary committee on Monday banned Rajasthan Royals off-spinner Ajit Chandila for life while barring Mumbai batsman Hiken Shah for five years for misconduct and corruption during the 2013 IPL fixing scandal. The verdict comes after the tainted players were given time to furnish a written response for the charges against them.