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IPL 2013: Delhi Daredevils to play two home matches at Raipur

IPL 2013: Delhi Daredevils to play two home matches at Raipur

Delhi Daredevils played all their home matches at Feroze Shah Kotla ground in the first five seasons of IPL © AFP

Mumbai: Jan 23, 2013

Delhi Daredevils will play two of their home matches in Indian Premier League (IPL) 6, to be held in April-May, at Central Indian city Raipur while Rajkot and Ahmedabad have been shortlisted as alternative venues for North Indian city Jaipur to host the home matches of Rajasthan Royals.

“Delhi Daredevils had requested for Raipur, so we have given two matches to Raipur. Chhattisgarh Cricket Association was also very keen to host Indian Premier League (IPL) matches, so we have given to them,” said IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla after a meeting of the T20 League’s Governing Council in Western coastal city on Wednesday.

With the ongoing differences between Rajasthan Cricket Association and the state’s sports council threatening to derail IPL 6 matches being held at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is looking to host them at alternative venues in West Indian cities Ahmedabad and Rajkot.

“Similarly, we are trying to find a solution about Jaipur, because there are certain problems, certain issues, between the state association and government departments. So we are working on alternative venues also. The catchment area is Gujarat, so we are looking at Rajkot and Ahmedabad as alternative venues,” he said.

“Meanwhile, we will be talking to Rajasthan Cricket Association, whether they can host IPL matches there or not and how many matches can they host. We will be finding out all these things and then take a decision in 3-4 days on Jaipur,” Shukla added.

The IPL chairman also said that the differences existing between Sahara Group and the Maharashtra Cricket Association over dues to be paid to the latter by the former over the construction of the new cricket stadium at Balewadi in West Indian city Pune were yet to be brought to the Board’s notice.

“Right now, it is strictly among themselves. Nothing has been brought on the platter of BCCI. So we didn’t discuss that matter. Unless state association complains to us or franchisee comes to BCCI, we can’t unnecessarily poke our nose into it,” Shukla said.

Sahara had moved the Bombay High Court against Maharashtra Cricket Association for “wrongful termination of agreements” regarding various rights in respect of Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune and it had got an interim relief against MCA’s move to cover the name of the stadium.

Sahara claimed it had fulfilled its part of obligations on the agreements signed with MCA regarding the construction, naming and building of a club adjacent to the stadium.

MCA terminated the agreement on the ground of default in payments and covered the name of the stadium with black cloth which led to the company filing a petition in the High Court.

Later, Sahara sources said that the group decided not to use the name Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium for the said arena anymore and shall be proposing a new alternative name, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the naming rights agreement executed between the parties.

Asked about reports saying Sahara Group, which owns Pune Warriors team in the IPL, had not yet paid the full amount of the franchise fee instalment due to the BCCI, Shukla insisted the matter would be sorted out.

“That is being sorted out. That is not a problem,” he said.

Shukla was non-committal about Pakistan players’ participation in IPL 6.

“We haven’t discussed with franchisees as yet. No discussion has taken place,” he said.

“We want to develop different venues, because number of state associations want IPL to be hosted in their respective states. Because there are fans all over and they want IPL to be played, since it is a very popular tournament,” Shukla explained about DD hosting some IPL games at Raipur.

“Some franchises also requested that they wanted to host a few matches in other venues,” he added.

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