IPL 2013 news March 21, 2013

IPL schedule may undergo tweak

The Indian Premier League itinerary could undergo a minor tweak following the announcement of the dates for Karnataka's assembly elections.

India's Election Commission announced on Wednesday that polling for the assembly elections in Karnataka will be held on May 5. This has put a question mark over the staging of the Royal Challengers Bangalore's home game on May 4 and 6, to be played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

ESPNcricinfo understands that the Royal Challengers franchise has been in touch with security officials and has also indicated to the IPL authorities the possibility of enforcing a change in the schedule. "We are in touch with the concerned people and hope that the issue is resolved at the earliest," an RCB insider said.

IPL chief executive Sundar Raman confirmed that the tournament organisers are touch with the state government's security officials. "In case the security officials convey that it would be difficult for them to provide security, we may have to make a minor change to the schedule," Raman said.

The RCB are scheduled to host Kings XI Punjab on May 4 and Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 6.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • vish57 on March 22, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Play in the new stadium at Raipur; all said and done, IPL team should play 1/3 of its home match in a neutral venue or atleast 2/8 matches in neutral venue. Say Bangalore can Play in Kochi or Raipur, Mumbai can play in Rajkot, Kolkatta at Ranchi or Cuttack. Already punjab is playing at Dharmsala.

  • Anandh_trichy on March 21, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    santhakumar819: what else, our backyard South Africa is always welcome it...

  • josethekochite on March 21, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    I think Kochi is the best option if they are shifting as RCB have some Kerala heros in their team. But they should not behave like the TUSKERs..

  • vishnu.varrier on March 21, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    @santhakumar819, i think its a good option but i doubt kochi stadiums availability, nagpur is bettar venue than kochi, as a matter of next year ipl, if there is a clash i think bcci may shift ipl to any other country.

  • santhakumar819. on March 21, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    instaed of rescheduling these matches they can shift these matches to kochi or nagpur or navi mumbai i am wondering wat will happen in next year because the parliament elections will be held on next year april and may