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RR pleased with Ahmedabad as their home venue for 2014 season
The Shane Watson-led team will play four matches in Ahmedabad
By IPL Desk
Mumbai 04 April 2014
Hosting IPL involves elaborate planning on several fronts, logistics included. It is critical that there is surety on the availability of the match venues, for a tournament of this magnitude. The BCCI has worked with various franchises and stakeholders to get confirmations to host matches in the cities.
The Rajasthan Royals have indicated to the BCCI that they are happy to play their four home matches of the India leg of the 2014 season, at Ahmedabad, to avoid any uncertainty to their home matches. KXIP and CSK will be playing some of their home matches outside Mohali and Chennai respectively, due to the non-availability of their home venue, for a large portion of May 2014.
IPL will continue to look at as many venues as possible to play the tournament in forthcoming seasons. Sanjay Patel Hony. Secretary BCCI
A total of 36 regular season matches and 4 Playoffs will be played in India
By IPL Desk
Mumbai 03 April 2014
The 2014 season of the Pepsi IPL returns to India on Friday, 2 May 2014
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, 2 May 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, 1 May, Friday, 16 May and Saturday, 17 May.
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,” Mr. Sunil Gavaskar, Interim President, BCCI-IPL, said.
Ranjib Biswal, Chairman, IPL Governing Council, added; “We are delighted to have the season back in India at the start of May. 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.”