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Hyderabad dropped as CLT20 venue

ESPNcricinfo staff

September 2, 2013

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The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium under lights, India v Australia, 5th ODI, Hyderabad, November 5, 2009
Ranchi, Ahmedabad and Mohali will share Hyderabad's 12 matches © Getty Images
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Hyderabad will not host any matches in the upcoming Champions League T20, due to security reasons. The 12 qualifiers and group matches scheduled to be held in Hyderabad will be shared by Mohali, Ranchi and Ahmedabad.

The qualifying matches on September 17, 18, 20 and a Group B double-header on September 24 will now be played in Mohali. Ranchi will host a double-header on September 28 while Ahmedabad will host a double-header on September 30.

Last week, Andhra Pradesh state police said that they would not be able to provide adequate security for the matches as they clash with the Ganesh immersion festival. The Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) had stated that the question mark over security was only restricted to the qualifiers and they were confident the police would provide adequate security for the group games.

Altered schedule

  • September 17 - Faisalabad Wolves v Otago/ Kandurata Maroons v Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mohali
  • September 18 - Kandurata Maroons v Otago/Faisalabad Wolves v Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mohali
  • September 20 - Faisalabad Wolves v Kandurata Maroons/ Otago v Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mohali
  • September 24 - Brisbane Heat v Titans/Trinidad & Tobago v Qualifier 2, Mohali
  • September 28 - Titans v Qualifier 2/ Brisbane Heat v Chennai Super Kings, Ranchi
  • September 30 - Titans v Trinidad & Tobago/ Brisbane Heat v Qualifier 2, Ahmedabad

However, the decision to shift all the games may have been taken due to the Hyderabad police being non-committal.

"Police had said that they will not be able to provide security for the qualifiers due to Ganapati immersions. And for the league games, they would take a call based on the prevalent situation," MV Sridhar, the HCA secretary, told ESPNcricinfo.

"So it was up to the CLT20 governing council to take a call."

This isn't the first time Hyderabad has been stripped of matches in recent years. In the 2010 IPL, all of Deccan Chargers' home games were played at Nagpur, Cuttack and Mumbai's DY Patil Stadium due to political agitations in the state.

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Posted by rishi510 on (September 3, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

doesn't matter level of cricket......it's always bliss to see DHONI playing in RANCHI

Posted by   on (September 3, 2013, 4:31 GMT)

It's Unfortunate, Hyderabad is getting hit everywhere - IT, infrastructure & now sports.

Posted by kc69 on (September 2, 2013, 20:05 GMT)

Its funny how Venue's such as Mohali,Ahmedabad etc get chances for hosting again and again(Despite of their international matches scheduled) instead of other new venues.

Posted by   on (September 2, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

There goes the qualifier spots...bad luck SRH. Now we need to climb a mountain..

Posted by   on (September 2, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

I think venue change will affect The Sunrisers to play their best game coz playing at home always a strength. Sunrisers were almost unbeatable in 2013 IPL at home. Only they can read Rajiv Gandhi pitch well.

Posted by   on (September 2, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

Bad news for SRH - Post 2012, Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Uppal was a happy hunting ground for the home teams and SRH need to do something special in Mohali pitch which favors the fast bowlers !!!

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