Venue for IPL 2019 finale changed – With the TNCA unable to meet the BCCI’s deadline to resolve stadium issues, the governing council has decided to revoke the final for IPL 2019 from the stadium. Slated to be held in Chennai previously, as is the usual norm with last year’s winner being awarded the rights for the summit clash, the final of the resounding league will now be held in Hyderabad. The change in venue comes after the state cricket body wasn’t granted permission to open a huge section of the stadium by the municipal corporation.
“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. 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,” the BCCI said on the issue.
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Venue for IPL 2019 finale changed
Under the revamped fixture list, Hyderabad will now see the IPL 2019 final on May 12, the Eliminator (May 8) and Qualifier 2 (May 10) being played in it with the matches assigned to the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.
As per the previous schedule, M. A. Chidamabaram Stadium was the chosen venue for Qualifier 1 and the final of IPL 2019. However, after being refused to open stand I, J, K, it will only hold the Qualifier 1 on May 7. The BCCI have taken the unprecedented following expected revenue loss owing to a half capacity stadium which would have also hindered it from letting the maximum number of spectators indulge in what is by far one of the most anticipated clash of this year.
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CSK were allowed to conduct the first qualifier on their home stadium owing to the fact that the side are champions and the BCCI considered it unfair to snatch away home advantage for them for both the crucial matches. Keeping in mind the heavy possibility of CSK making it through to the top 4, the BCCI clarified why the venue was able to keep one match intact despite a heavy deduction in footfall after the latest developments.
Along with the final, the knock-out matches which include Qualifier 2 and the eliminator have also been shifted out of the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium due to ongoing local elections scheduled on May 6, 10 and 14, which sees security personnel preoccupied with the general elections. As per the BCCI statement, it won’t be possible for the state to provide adequate security over for the previously scheduled matches, something that is of paramount importance to the premier cricketing body in the country.
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