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Jaipur: The Rajasthan Cricket Association was disappointed over the IPL Governing Council’s decision to not hold matches in Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur, citing logistical issues. Deputy President of RCA Mehmood Abdi said that the BCCI should have waited for the verdict of the PIL in Rajasthan High Court on May 3. Ending days of speculation, the IPL Governing Council today announced that the Eliminator and second Qualifier of the 9th Indian Premier league will be held at the capital’s Ferozshah Kotla stadium instead of Eden Gardens. The IPL GC also decided to have Visakhapatnam as the common main venue for Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants, in the wake of the Supreme Court dismissing the plea of Maharashtra and Mumbai Cricket Associations against the Bombay High Court order directing shifting of IPL matches outside the drought-hit state.  READ: IPL 2016: Mumbai Indians to play rest of home matches at Visakhapatnam

Abdi called it unfortunate. “Decision of BCCI to not hold matches of Mumbai Indians in Jaipur is immensely disappointing. The SMS Stadium had been kept completely ready for IPL matches at considerable expenses. It is unfortunate that IPL would not be played in Rajasthan,” Abdi said in a statement. IPL 2016: Revised schedule with new venues

Earlier, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) today said Kings XI Punjab are not willing to play in Dharamsala as they have not received any positive response from the state government. HPCA public relations officer Sanjay Sharma said that after waiting for HP government’s reply for the last nine days, Kings XI Punjab wrote a letter yesterday to Rajeev Shukla and said they want their three matches to be played in Mohali now and not Dharamsala. Sharma said, “The government did not give any security assurance in 2014, as a result the matches went to Cuttack. Kings XI made Cuttack their home ground. And in 2015 they had to choose Pune as their home ground. Now when Pune has its own team, Kings XI faced problem with the ground and had opted for Nagpur as their second ground. Due to water scarcity, matches were shifted outside Maharashtra and they approached us.

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