Kolkata, May 9 UNI | 3 months ago

Cricket crazy city fans today woke up to news of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) first official home game on May 14 against Mumbai Indians being shifted to Cuttack's Barabati Stadium owing to Parliament elections.

The main reason for shifting the venue from the city to Odisha was after the Kolkata police said they would not be able to provide adequate security due to last phase of poll on May 12.

After all day negotiations with the Kolkata police and higher officials of the state government the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) said the venue was shifted to Cuttack due to security reason.

The decision was taken after the Kolkata Police informed the CAB and the KKR representatives, in a meeting, that they would not be in a position to provide security cover at the Eden Gardens on May 14, owing to the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal.

However, the Kolkata Police have assured that they will provide the security cover for the remaining three matches, scheduled to be played in Kolkata, on May, 20, 22 May and May 24.

' I am happy that Cuttack will be hosting an additional match in the ongoing season of the Pepsi IPL. KKR will be playing an 'away' game in Cuttack, against Kings XI Punjab, on May 11.

KKR will then stay back in Cuttack, and play a 'home' game against Mumbai Indians, on May 14.

Both sides can expect the support of the spectators, and the spectators in turn can expect some fantastic cricket,' Chairman, IPL Governing Council, Ranjib Biswal said in a statement.

(Posted on 09-05-2014)