Hyderabad is now going to host the final of IPL 2019 on May 28 instead of Chennai. BCCI has taken this decision on Monday.
Earlier, Chennai was going to host this year’s final given that the defending champions host the next year’s final along with the opener but the MA Chidambaram Stadium failed to get permission from the government to open the three closed stands, forcing the BCCI to make this decision. Instead, Chennai will host Qualifier on May 7 whereas the Eliminator and Qualifier 2 will be held in Visakhapatnam on May 8 and May 10 respectively.
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The three stands which can hold as many as 12,000 people have been closed since 2012 because the construction is not in line with the guidelines set by the Chennai 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,” Vinod Rai, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief, said to PTI. “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,” he added.
“CSK, by virtue of being defending champions, were allotted the Qualifier 1 and final. Now if they finish in top two, you cannot take away all the games. They deserve to get at least one of the knock-out games,” Vinod Rai said.