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Mumbai Indians are the defending IPL Champions © IANS

 

Apr 3, 2014

 

The Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council (GC) has confirmed that the second phase of the IPL 7 will be held in India,  and the tournament will go ahead according to the earlier announcement. The dates and venues for the mega event was released on Thursday. The second leg of the tournament begins on May 2, and the final will be played on June 1.

 

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement, “After discussions with the authorities in India, the BCCI is pleased to announce that a total of thirty-six regular season matches, plus the four playoffs of the Pepsi IPL 2014, will be played in India, starting Friday, May 2, 2014.

 

“Each franchise will play nine matches in India, with five of the eight teams playing at least four matches in their home stadium.  Chennai Super Kings will play two matches at Ranchi, while Kings XI Punjab will play two games at Cuttack. Rajasthan Royals will play four matches at Ahmedabad. There will be no matches on Thursday, May 1, Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17,” the statement added.

 

Sunil Gavaskar, the interim president of the BCCI-IPL said,”There are two changes to the UAE leg of the schedule.  The evening match on 26 April in Abu Dhabi, between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders, will now be designated as a home match for Kolkata Knight Riders. The match on 28 April in Dubai, between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab, will be designated as a home game for Kings XI Punjab. Following on from the launch of ticket sales for the UAE leg today, I am pleased that we are now able to confirm the dates for the rest of the season.  It is great news that the fans back home in India will be able to watch a large part of the Pepsi IPL 2014. Given the various challenges and the logistical complexities, we have spent a considerable amount of time in crafting a balanced schedule.”

 

The chairman of the IPL governing council, Ranjib Biswal, said, “Organising an event of this scale at multiple venues in two countries is an enormous organisational  undertaking and we are very grateful to the Government of India, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the police authorities in the various states for their support.”

 

The IPL venues were in a spot of bother due to the Lok Sabha elections to be held in April-May and the first leg of the IPL was scheduled to be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) form from April 16 to April 30, 2014. The tournament will begin with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Kolkata Knight Riders in the sand-dunes of the middle east.

 

A total 20 matches will be played in 3 stadiums: Sheikh Zayed Stadium — Abu Dhabi, Sharjah CA Stadium, Dubai International Cricket Stadium.