IPL 2019: BCCI Shifts IPL Final from Chennai to Hyderabad

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The highly awaited final of the 2019 Indian Premier League scheduled on May 12 has been shifted to the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad from Chennai.

This shift is taking place because the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association could not acquire permission from the local government to reopen three stands at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. The stands have remained closed for many years and the last time they were opened in 2013 during the India-Australia Test match.

In 2016, the closure of stands I, J and K with a combined capacity of 12,000, had robbed Chennai of matches during the Twenty20 World Cup. Non broadcasted women’s matches were played in Chennai then.

Vinod Rai, the chairman of the committee of administrators that manages the day-to-day activities of the Board of Control for Cricket in India cleared facts to the PTI.

He said that they had to shift the matches from Chennai to Hyderabad after TNCA intimated them that they don’t have the requisite permission to open the three stands I, J and K.

He further claimed that since the gate sales of the knockout matches are BCCI’s prerogative, therefore they had to take a call. They are going to have two knockout matches in Visakhapatnam. The eliminator match on May 8 and qualifier 2 two days are the matches shifted to Visakhapatnam.

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However, CSK Chief executive officer Kasi Viswanathan felt disappointed about this decision. He said that due to a lot of legal issues, they couldn’t obtain permission from the government to open the stands and the renovation is also not possible due to various factors.CSK will be playing at home if they finish the league first or second.

Meanwhile, the Hyderabad Cricket Association has welcomed the decision taken by the BCCI. “We deem it as a recognition for the excellent manner in which we have conducted the league matches of the Sunrisers Hyderabad and also given the track record of the past in hosting many international matches,” Panduranga Murthy, the CEO of HCA, told The Hindu in an interview.

“We sincerely thank the CoA of BCCI for this move and would like to emphasise that Hyderabad is always ready for any big event,” he later added. Murthy also expressed his confidence of the state’s ability in delivering a successful event.

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