IPL7: Rajasthan Royals to play all 'home' matches in Ahmedabad
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) yesterday confirmed that the second leg of the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played in India from May 2.
Each franchisee 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.
However, the real surprise is that Rajasthan Royals will miss out all their home games which have been shifted to Ahmedabad.
"Rajasthan Royals will play four matches at Ahmedabad," said a BCCI release.
While it is good news for Gujarat Cricket Association, the Royals stand to miss out on their home base in Jaipur, where they have a very good record across seasons.
The general elections in Rajasthan will take place on April 17 a day after IPL starts in UAE.
"It is great news that the fans back home in India will be able to watch a large part of the IPL 2014. Given the various challenges and the logistical complexities, we have spent a considerable amount of time in crafting a balanced schedule," said IPL head Sunil Gavaskar in a statement.
There was no word on why the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur will not host any Rajasthan games.
Reacting to the development, Rajasthan Cricket Association Secretary KK Sharma wrote to Gavaskar urging him to reconsider the decision.
"Rajasthan Royals is a Jaipur-based franchise and their entire home matches have always been played at Jaipur. We have done all the necessary preparation to conduct these matches and sought permission from Govt of Rajasthan for the same. The Govt of Rajasthan has no objection for conduction of these matches in May as elections are to be held on April 17th and 24th," he said in the letter.
"we are surprised how governing council of lPL has shifted our home matches to' Ahmadabad without even asking us. We shall suffer losses for the perpetration made as well as people of Rajasthan shall loose their right to see the home team perform in front of them.
"We would request you to klndly reschedule the itinerary and give us the due home matches as earlier," he added.
(Posted on 04-04-2014)