Calcutta/Mumbai: Eden Gardens’ loss of the May 14 Kolkata Knight Riders versus Mumbai Indians match has been somewhat made up with the IPL governing council allotting the first Qualifier, on May 27, to the venue.
A host of decisions were made at the governing council meeting, held at the Cricket Centre, in Mumbai, on Saturday, including the shift of the IPL VII final from the Wankhede to the Chinnaswamy in Bangalore.
The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is obviously not happy with the decision. They have written a letter to IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal, seeking an explanation.
“It (IPL) is a BCCI property, but still we have written a letter to the IPL chairman. We will get their reply tomorrow (Sunday) and it will help us to take a decision,” MCA and BCCI vice-president Ravi Savant said.
A top Board official has said the anti-Srinivasan attitude of some of the MCA office-bearers has played a part in the decision.
Qualifier 1 was originally scheduled to played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, in Chennai. But the venue has been declared unavailable for IPL VII by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association. As a result, two home matches of the Chennai Super Kings, Qualifier 1 and the Eliminator has been shifted to other venues.
The Super Kings’ two home matches on May 18 and May 22, against the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Sunrisers Hyderabad, has been shifted to the JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi. The Super Kings has been using Ranchi as its alternate home venue for IPL VII.
The May 28 Eliminator will now be held at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. The date and venue for Qualifier 2 — May 30, at the Wankhede, Mumbai — remains unchanged. While there’s a reserve day for the Qualifier 1 and the Eliminator, there’s no such provision for Qualifier 2.
June 2 is the reserve day for the summit clash.
“Considering that twenty matches of the ongoing IPL season were played overseas, the GC took a decision to try and take the Playoffs to as many different stadia as possible. Several venues had expressed their interest in hosting the Playoffs,” the BCCI said in a media release.
The governing council also discussed the on-field spat involving Kieron Pollard and Mitchell Starc on May 6.