IPL 2013 news March 9, 2013

Raipur, Ranchi to host IPL matches

ESPNcricinfo staff

Raipur and Ranchi will make debuts as IPL host cities in the 2013 edition, according to the tournament schedule that was released on Saturday. Raipur will act as a second home venue for Delhi Daredevils, while Ranchi will host two of Kolkata Knight Riders' matches.

The schedule also confirmed that the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur will host all of Rajasthan Royals' home games. Earlier, the BCCI had relocated Royals' games to Ahmedabad and Rajkot, following a prolonged standoff between the Rajasthan Cricket Association and the Rajasthan state sports council - which owns the stadium - over the use of the ground.

However, doubts remain about where Pune Warriors' home matches will be played. As of now, the schedule suggests that they will be played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium - previously the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium - in Pune as has been the norm, but the dispute between the MCA and the Sahara Group, the franchise owners, remains unresolved.

The standoff centres around the title rights of the stadium: the MCA had covered the name of the stadium that read 'Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium' in January for alleged default over payment of the contract, and Sahara Group officials subsequently moved the Bombay High Court over "termination of agreements". The court case doesn't have any direct relation with the hosting of the Sahara-owned franchise's games in Pune, but the business conglomerate expressed its desire to play their home games at other venues.

The IPL 2013 tournament opener, on April 3, will be between defending champions Knight Riders and Daredevils at Eden Gardens. The group matches will end on May 19, following which the play-off matches will be split between the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai and Eden Gardens. The final will be in Kolkata on May 26.

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  • prasad on March 10, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Ranchi maybe catchment of KKR but it would ve been better if one of the KKR matches in ranchi against CSK. then the scenario will be different. Namewise it will be KKR's home match and fanbase and atmosphere will be for CSK especially from MSD if the match would ve been set like that.

  • kundan on March 10, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    @Deva Nathan, that's a no-brainer. Everybody here has supported CSK for five years. Why would we change now. We might come under the 'catchment area' of KKR but that hasn't stopped us from supporting CSK all the way. The Freedom Of Choice, my friend. Though I would have preferred to watch CSK matches in Ranchi stadium but still I am not going to miss any one of them, irrespective of the teams

  • Dummy4 on March 10, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    2 matches at Raipur......this is really gonna be fun! Raipur has 2nd biggest cricket ground of India,so maybe with the help of IPL,someday it will also become a venue for international clashes....

  • Dummy4 on March 10, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    oh my god if it had been kkr vs csk in ranchi it wud have been great to see who they support MS or KKR???interesting ri8??but not the case top be

  • Shayan on March 10, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Why don't we play cricket at Patna's Moin-ul-Haq stadium?

  • $$ milind on March 9, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - We have almost 30-35 venues where we can play so it is wise thing for the franchisees to shift 2 matches to smaller cities. It is actually a very good initiative to host 2 matches in smaller cities as the owners are sure to get good money from the tickets while it also gives a chance for some brilliant stadiums like Raipur, Dharamshala and Ranchi to get some reputation their way.

  • Rohith on March 9, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Kolkata isn't the only home city for KKR. Jarkhand comes under the "catchment area" defined for KKR, before the very first IPL . Thus KKR is home team for the people of Ranchi. Here is a list of catchment areas for the original teams. Not sure how it changed after Pune Warriors inclusion... Mumbai: Mumbai, Maharashtra and Vidarbha Cricket Association Bangalore: Karnataka, Goa and Services Chennai: Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Railways Kolkata: Bengal, Jharkhand, Tripura, Assam and Sikkim Hyderabad: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa Delhi: Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh Mohali: Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and J&K Jaipur: Rajasthan, Gujarat, Baroda and Saurashtra

  • Anshuman on March 9, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    This is a great idea. Holding IPL games will help two things: get full houses in these centers as they do not get many international matches and secondly, this will help a little bit in preventing the cricket overkill at bigger venues which also hold test matches, so that the crowd interest is kept alive when we have test matches there. India must take advantage of its wide landscape and variety of venues so that crowd interest is maintained at every venue and for all formats of the game. I agree with Yasir Ah Mad that scheduling must also take into account local heroes, for e.g. a couple of CSK matches in Ranchi. The objective must be to get as much revenue from ticket sales, again serving two purposes: pulling crowds and making game more popular and using the money to improve the domestic cricket (Ranji) structure.

  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    @Cpt Meanster Neither Rajasthan nor Kings 11 have complained in the past about their home games shifting. What's your problem now? IPL is the only way you can take cricket to non traditional centres profitably.

  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Brilliant initiative to take the most popular format forward. The Tier-2 cities have started coming up with the stadiums which should be utilized for the IPL games. Since, there can't be an international match played at a venue every year, these games come as a huge bonus. In fact, cities like Nagpur, Navi Mumbai, Kochi, Vizag, Cuttack which have hosted IPL games in the past should be brought back in the radar.

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