Mumbai, May 10: The IPL 7 final has been moved out of Mumbai and will now be hosted at Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy Stadium on June 1, the IPL Governing Council (GC) announced after a meeting here today.
The IPL GC also moved the May 14th game (Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Mumbai Indians) from Kolkata to Cuttack. Also, it was revealed that Chennai will not host any IPL matches this season.
Originally, Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium was to host the final. However, GC has given no reason for change in the venue.
"TNCA (Tamil Nadu Cricket Association) informed the GC that the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai is not available for the ongoing season of the Pepsi IPL. GC decided to move the 2 home matches of CSK scheduled on 18th and 22nd May to Ranchi. CSK has been using Ranchi as its alternate home venue for this Pepsi IPL season, and will continue to do so, for the remainder for the season," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a media release on Saturday evening.
"GC appreciated the support of the Jharkhand State Cricket Association and Orissa Cricket Association, in agreeing to host the Pepsi IPL 2014 matches at such a short notice," he added.
On the playoff venues and the final, Patel said: "Considering that twenty matches of the ongoing Pepsi 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. After due discussion, the Pepsi IPL 2014 Playoff Schedule was confirmed."
Now the Qualifer 1 will be played at Kolkata's Eden Gardens on May 27, Eliminator at Mumbai's Brabourne Stadium on May 28 and Qualifier 2 at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on May 30.
They have allotted reserve days for Qualifier 1, Eliminator and the final.
Here is the revised schedule of playoffs and final of IPL 7 (All matches at 8 PM IST)
May 27 - Qualifier 1 (Team 1 Vs Team 2) - Kolkata, Eden Gardens (Reserve Day May 28)
May 28 - Eliminator (Team 3 Vs Team 4) - Mumbai, Brabourne Stadium (Reserve Day May 29)
May 30 - Qualifier 2 (Q1 loser Vs Eliminator winners) - Mumbai, Wankhede Stadium (No Reserve Day)
June 1 - Final (Q1 winner Vs Q2 winner) - Bangalore, M Chinnaswamy Stadium (Reserve Day June 2)