IPL 2018: Eden Gardens Likely To Hold Play-Off Instead Of Pune


Kolkata: The eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is currently underway and the tournament is already halfway through. The two Indian Premier League (IPL) playoff matches, which were originally scheduled in Pune, will take place at the Eden Gardens, it was confirmed on Friday.

Kolkata will host the Qualifier 2 and Eliminator on May 23 and 25 respectively, a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official told.

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Pune was to host the two games as per the original schedule, but the venue became Chennai Super Kings’ home for six matches due to security reasons after the Cauvery river water protests in Tamil Nadu.

Avishek Dalmiya, the joint secretary of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) sounded delighted on the opportunity. We are happy to host the play-off matches and are looking forward to it,” Dalmiya mentioned. The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai will host the Qualifier 1 and the Final on May 22 and 27 respectively.

When contacted, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) joint-secretary Avishek Dalmiya told, It would be great to host the two games as these are elite matches. Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium will play host to Qualifier 1 and the Final on May 22 and 27 respectively.

The Eliminator and the second qualifier was also scheduled to be hosted by the venue. However, the games have now been moved to the Eden Gardens in Kolkata as per reports in News18. Rajiv Shukla, the chairman of the IPL governing council confirmed the news. The matches will be played on May 23 and 25 respectively at the iconic venue.

A few days ago, the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune was allotted the home games of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) after the Cauvery Water Dispute (CWD) issue forced their home matches to be shifted out of the Chepauk.