IPL 7 returns to India on May 2; Mumbai to host final on June 1

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Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 20:24 [IST]
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IPL 7 returns to India on May 2

Mumbai, Apr 3: India will host IPL 7 matches from May 2 after the completion of the first phase of games in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on April 30.


Due to general elections in the country, BCCI had shifted matches to UAE. IPL 7 begins on April 16. 20 matches will be held at Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.

In India, 40 matches will be played including the final on June 1 at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.

"After discussions with the authorities in India, the BCCI is pleased to announce that a total of thirty-six regular season matches, plus the four playoffs of the Pepsi IPL 2014, will be played in India, starting Friday, 2 May 2014," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a media release today.

Each franchise will play nine matches in India, with five of the eight teams playing at least four matches in their home stadium.

Chennai Super Kings will play two matches at Ranchi, while Kings XI Punjab will play two games at Cuttack.

Rajasthan Royals will play four matches at Ahmedabad. There will be no matches on Thursday, 1 May, Friday, 16 May and Saturday, 17 May.

There are two changes to the UAE leg of the schedule. The evening match on 26 April in Abu Dhabi, between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders, will now be designated as a home match for Kolkata Knight Riders. The match on 28 April in Dubai, between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab, will be designated as a home game for Kings XI Punjab.

"Following on from the launch of ticket sales for the UAE leg today, I am pleased that we are now able to confirm the dates for the rest of the season. It is great news that the fans back home in India will be able to watch a large part of the Pepsi IPL 2014. Given the various challenges and the logistical complexities, we have spent a considerable amount of time in crafting a balanced schedule," Sunil Gavaskar, Interim President, BCCI-IPL, said.

Ranjib Biswal, Chairman, IPL Governing Council, said, "We are delighted to have the season back in India at the start of May. Organising an event of this scale at multiple venues in two countries is an enormous organisational undertaking and we are very grateful to the Government of India, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the police authorities in the various states for their support."


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