Calcutta: Putting rest to all speculations, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, on Thursday, confirmed that the second phase of the IPL VII, comprising 40 games, will be held in the country itself from May 2 to June 1.
The UAE were awarded the hosting rights of the first 20 matches of IPL VII as their dates clashed with that of the general elections. The opening match of the tournament will see defending champions Mumbai Indians squaring off against the 2012 champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), in Abu Dhabi, on April 16.
KKR will also kick off the India leg when they take on Chennai Super Kings in Ranchi. KKR will play four matches at home —Eden Gardens — the first of which will be held on May 14 against Mumbai Indians.
The Qualifier I and Eliminator will be held at the Chepauk on May 27 and May 28 respectively. The Qualifier II and the final will be staged at the Wankhede on May 30 and June 1, respectively.
Each franchise will play nine matches in India, with five of the eight teams playing at least four matches at home. There will be no matches on May 1, May 16 and May 17.
“After discussions with the authorities in India, the BCCI is pleased to announce that a total of 36 regular season matches, plus the four playoffs of the IPL 2014, will be played in India, starting Friday, 2 May 2014,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement.
Bangladesh have been kept as a standby to host the second leg in case the government declined permission to hold the matches.