BCCI shifts IPL final to Hyderabad from Chennai

The Indian Premier League (IPL) final which is slated on May 12 was shifted from Chennai to Hyderabad venue after the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) failed to get the necessary permission from the government to open the three closed stands which have been remained closed for 7 years till now.

BCCI shifts IPL final to Hyderabad from Chennai
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Chennai Super Kings still get to play Qualifier 1 at home venue in case if they finish among the top two teams in the league but for a change, Eliminator (May 8) and Qualifier 2 (May 10) matches have been shifted to Visakhapatnam.

“We had to shift the matches from Chennai to Hyderabad after TNCA intimated us that they have not procured the requisite permission to open the three stands I, J and K,” Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai told PTI on April 22.

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“Since the gate sales of the knock-out matches is BCCI’s prerogative, we had to take a call. We would be having two knock-out matches in Vizag,” he added in a statement.

It has been learnt that the three stands make up for more than 12,000 tickets. The stands have remained closed since 2012 and no further development was done to resolve the issue.

When asked if all the knock-out matches’ ticket sales are BCCI’s right, why was Qualifier 1 allotted to Chennai, Vinod Rai explained very clearly. “CSK, by virtue of being defending champions, were allotted the Qualifier 1 and final. Now if they finish in the top two, you cannot take away all the games. They deserve to get at least one of the knock-out games.”

Hyderabad just got only final and not the Eliminator or Qualifier as the general elections in the Cybercity are held on May 6, 8 and 10 respectively.

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