The second peg of the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League is dropping in to happen in India from May 2. It will return to India following the first half that would take place in the United Arab Emirates.
The jolts will jump-off with a high profile match featuring between past winner Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders in Ranchi. The UAE was shelled out to host the first 20 matches of the cash-rich IPL starting April 16 as the result of the clash of dates with the general election.
The coordinators made public the appendage for the bottom of barrel of the 40 games, inclusive of the final with all the matches being taken place in India.
However, Bangladesh was put up as a replacement to hold the tournament so that if the Indian Government would not allow to hold the matches.
There are 10 cities—Ranchi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Cuttack, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mohali which is going to host the 40 matches.
The Qualifier 1 and the eliminator round will be taken place at M A Chidambaram stadium in Chennai on May 27 and May 28, the Qualifier 2 and the summit class match will be arranged at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 30 and June 1 correspondingly.
Each franchise side will encounter nine matches in India, five of the eight teams playing at least four matches in their home ground.
No match will take place on May 1, May 16 and May 17.
“After meeting with the Government of India, the BCCI is gratified to announce that a total of 36 regular season matches, in addition to the four playoffs of the Pepsi IPL 2014, will be held in India, starting Friday, 2 May 2014.” Sanjay Patil, the BCCI Secretary stated.
There are two alterations that have taken place to the UAE leg of the docket by the authority. The evening match on April 26 in Abu Dhabi, between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders, will now be denominated as a home match for Kolkata Knight Riders while the match April 28 in Dubai, between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab, will be designated as a home game for Kings XI Punjab. It is great news that the fans back home in India will be able to watch a heavy part of the Pepsi IPL 2014.
“Following on from the launch of ticket sales for the UAE leg today, I am delighted that we are now able to confirm the dates for the remainder of the season. It is great news that the fans back home in India will be able to watch a heavy part of the Pepsi IPL 2014. Given the various challenges and the logistical complexities, we have expanded a considerable amount of time in crafting a balanced schedule,” said interim president of BCCI-IPL, Sunil Gavaskar.
Referable to the lesser number of teams, the continuance of the league has also been shortened this time to 47 days and 60 matches — much less than the 76 games played last season which was spread over 54 days.