IPL 2018 has seen a schedule change where Kings XI Punjab who had asked for a change of designated home venue, their request has been agreeing to.
The IPL governing council decided to change the schedule for the league. Kings XI Punjab will now be playing four of their home games in Indore and three at the Mohali.
Kings were actually the franchise who requested for changing their team base completely to move out from Mohali, a ground which has seen low turnouts for quite some time now. Problem is that the ground is away from the center of the city by some miles and hence, doesn’t attract big crowds. A factor of financial importance.
The official statement issued by the BCCI & the IPL governing council stated, “All IPL franchises are required to play four home matches at their designated home venue. An exception has been permitted this season owing to the closure of Chandigarh Airport due to expansion work for 20 days from 12th May to 31st May 2018 and also on all Sundays of April.”, Clearing exactly why the permission has been granted as an exception.
Effectively Delhi Daredevils’ first home game has now become an away game.
|Match No.||Time||Date||Match Details||Venue|
|2||4 PM||8th April||KXIP vs DD||Mohali|
|12||8 PM||15th April||KXIP v CSK||Mohali|
|16||8 PM||19th April||KXIP vs SRH||Mohali|
|22||8 PM||23rd April||DD v KXIP||Delhi|
|34||8 PM||4th May||KXIP vs MI||Indore|
|38||8 PM||6th May||KXIP vs RR||Indore|
|44||4 PM||12th May||KXIP vs KKR||Indore|
|48||8 PM||14th May||KXIP v RCB||Indore|
IPL governing council has also cleared Pune as the choice of venue for the eliminator and the qualifier 2 on 23rd and the 25th of May.
In other development, Rajeev Shukla the chief of IPL’s governing council confirmed that BCCI has given a green signal to the use of Decision Review System technology for the Indian Premier League. 2018 season will see the facility being used for the first time in IPL.
Rajeev also gave away the news that IPL captains won’t be present for the opening ceremony of the upcoming season. An interesting development, really but you would think BCCI has their own reasons.