IPL 2013 April 20, 2013

IPL playoffs likely to shift out of Chennai

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The IPL is likely to shift the first two playoff matches out of Chennai, the venue listed in the original schedule. That decision is likely to be taken at the IPL Governing Council meeting in Chennai on April 22 in the wake of mounting pressure from various franchises, who are adamant that not having the option to pick their Sri Lankan players reduces their strength considerably at Chepauk.

Under political pressure from the Tamil Nadu government to not allow Sri Lankan players to participate in the Chennai matches, the IPL had asked franchises to not include the 13 Sri Lankan players in the tournament. But with the close competition at the top of the table, BCCI officials have indicated to ESPNcricinfo that the IPL would need to change its original stance.

"Irrespective of the teams who make it to the top four, the games will have to be shifted from Chennai due to their sheer importance. There are going to be at least two teams with Sri Lankan players who will make it to the last four. And it would be unjust on the teams to change their strategy due to a state government's decision," an Indian board official said.

According to IPL rules, the defending champion stages the last two matches of the tournament while the losing finalist gets to host the first two matches of the closing stages. With Chennai Super Kings finishing as runner-up last year, Chennai had been slotted to host the first qualifier (first versus second) and the eliminator (third versus fourth) on May 21 and 22 respectively.

Some of the franchises were peeved at the fact that the Super Kings need not worry about playing their two Sri Lankan recruits, Nuwan Kulasekara and Akila Dananjaya, considering they had a strong and settled line-up. In contrast, teams like Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils, Pune Warriors and Sunrisers Hyderabad would be forced to bench high-profile names like Lasith Malinga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Muttiah Muralitharan, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Kumar Sangakkara and Thisara Perera.

If the IPL takes the decision to shift the games then it also removes the bias element, as pointed out by certain franchises who feel the home advantage Super Kings have in the league phase is critical in a closely-fought tournament. It is also understood that security is not the stumbling block.

The franchises continue to remain united and want the knockout matches moved out of Chennai. "You can't do that (stage the playoffs in Chennai). When it comes to the Eliminator I would be horrified if we end up playing in an environment where there is no level playing field. If there are grey areas then you need to move the venue so that the tournament is played at the same level by all teams," one of the franchise's coach said.

According to him, a team could possibly bounce back during the league phase since there are 15 matches, but in the knockout phase there is not more than one chance. Hence the IPL does not "have to" but "must" move the games out of Chennai. "Chennai Super Kings as it is have a home advantage in the league matches with a strong line-up compared to some of the opposition, who at times have been forced to bench their Sri Lankan players, thus weakening their own strengths," the coach said.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 21, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Good decision. Qualifiers is the stage where no one would like to take any chances.Shifting venue from Chennai at that crucial juncture would make the tournament a level playing field atleast psychologically.It will also save the CSK from unnecessary and avoidable blame. Should the CSK lift the trophy,which is quite likely, its achievement will not be belittled.

  • on April 21, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    If they are looking to shift the matches from Chennai then definitely they have to move to a neutral venue not HYD or BLR as they may feature there team as well and it will be a advantage to those teams. Best move to kochi or Ranchi ..Anyways its going to be CSK all the way no matter where we play...BLEED YELLOW...

  • CKIPL11 on April 26, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    This is the right decison to shift the play-offs from chennai to somewhere. Then only match will be in LIVE. Kolkatta is the right choice to play both play-off and final.

  • on April 22, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Great decision! It will be fair if the playoffs get shifted to another venue.Sri Lankan players are so important for most IPL teams! Chennai banned SL players from playing there which was such a horrible decision.No politics in Cricket please.Afterall 3 Lankans are captains of 3 teams.I'm from Sri Lanka & we all love IPL so much!

  • on April 22, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Should be moved to Bangalore.

  • QingdaoXI on April 22, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    IF CSK wants home supports they should opt for Ranchi as all the dhoni supporter will support CSK.

  • on April 22, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    I think its going to be a very good news for those teams which are having those Srilankan Players which are highly rated in their as a overseas players somebody like Hyderabad who doing really well and Thisara Pereara also wining games for them

  • satishchandar on April 22, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    It does make sense.. DD, MI, Sun risers are the only teams to be impacted by SL players loss.. Teams have 15 other games to make up for group stage if they lose because of the ban.. If i am a DD, MI, Sun risers fan, i would be disappointed not to play Mahela, Malinga and Thissera during playoffs.. It might even a game changing moment.. With the teracks relaid and not a great home advantage enjoyed, even CSK wouldn't worry that much about the shift.. If there is something they can do for balance act, move the match to neutral venue which would deprive lucky home advantage to other teams too.. Let it be Dharamsala or Ranchi or Ahmedabad..

  • ex-Srilankan on April 22, 2013, 0:02 GMT

    If I was from Chennai and was a CSK supporter, I would be terribly upset that rest of India does not care about their views. Where do your loyalities lie with your fellow countrymen in Chennai or someone else??

  • Nampally on April 21, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    CSK enjoyed unwanted advantage by shutting out the SL players from every team from playing in Chennai. Last year because of riots in Hyderabad all their home matches were shifted else where. The same rule should have been applied for CSK. The new proposal is a good decision but what took the Administators so long to make this no-brainer decision?

  • on April 21, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Good decision. Qualifiers is the stage where no one would like to take any chances.Shifting venue from Chennai at that crucial juncture would make the tournament a level playing field atleast psychologically.It will also save the CSK from unnecessary and avoidable blame. Should the CSK lift the trophy,which is quite likely, its achievement will not be belittled.

  • on April 21, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    If they are looking to shift the matches from Chennai then definitely they have to move to a neutral venue not HYD or BLR as they may feature there team as well and it will be a advantage to those teams. Best move to kochi or Ranchi ..Anyways its going to be CSK all the way no matter where we play...BLEED YELLOW...

  • CKIPL11 on April 26, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    This is the right decison to shift the play-offs from chennai to somewhere. Then only match will be in LIVE. Kolkatta is the right choice to play both play-off and final.

  • on April 22, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Great decision! It will be fair if the playoffs get shifted to another venue.Sri Lankan players are so important for most IPL teams! Chennai banned SL players from playing there which was such a horrible decision.No politics in Cricket please.Afterall 3 Lankans are captains of 3 teams.I'm from Sri Lanka & we all love IPL so much!

  • on April 22, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Should be moved to Bangalore.

  • QingdaoXI on April 22, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    IF CSK wants home supports they should opt for Ranchi as all the dhoni supporter will support CSK.

  • on April 22, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    I think its going to be a very good news for those teams which are having those Srilankan Players which are highly rated in their as a overseas players somebody like Hyderabad who doing really well and Thisara Pereara also wining games for them

  • satishchandar on April 22, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    It does make sense.. DD, MI, Sun risers are the only teams to be impacted by SL players loss.. Teams have 15 other games to make up for group stage if they lose because of the ban.. If i am a DD, MI, Sun risers fan, i would be disappointed not to play Mahela, Malinga and Thissera during playoffs.. It might even a game changing moment.. With the teracks relaid and not a great home advantage enjoyed, even CSK wouldn't worry that much about the shift.. If there is something they can do for balance act, move the match to neutral venue which would deprive lucky home advantage to other teams too.. Let it be Dharamsala or Ranchi or Ahmedabad..

  • ex-Srilankan on April 22, 2013, 0:02 GMT

    If I was from Chennai and was a CSK supporter, I would be terribly upset that rest of India does not care about their views. Where do your loyalities lie with your fellow countrymen in Chennai or someone else??

  • Nampally on April 21, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    CSK enjoyed unwanted advantage by shutting out the SL players from every team from playing in Chennai. Last year because of riots in Hyderabad all their home matches were shifted else where. The same rule should have been applied for CSK. The new proposal is a good decision but what took the Administators so long to make this no-brainer decision?

  • on April 21, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    yea.. pls shift it out from chennai to bangalore... where the best crowd you can get...

  • tally1983 on April 21, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    good decision, as it was unfair in the first place. if the local government complains, then they only have themselves to blame. if the local public complains then blame your state government.

  • peterss on April 21, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    really hope it does get shifted from chennai. Then chennai would still win it and show that it doesnt make a difference.

  • mjrvasu on April 21, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Good decision but late decision. Actually all Chennai matches should have been cancelled and relocated, to ensure equal opportunity to all teams.

  • Shrujankatama01 on April 21, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Horrible choice of moving the matches from chennai to some other place. Chennai is the best venue to have the matches held. That is why even Tendu likes Chennai.

  • deadite11 on April 21, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    I think its a welcomable decision for even CSK fans too. Neutral or the Away venues always delicious for that team instead of struggling in home matches. It should be moved either to Ranchi or Ahmedabad. Neither B'lore nor Mumbai because weather conditions wont quite suit for the matches. B'lore has chances of showers. Ranchi is the best option.

  • an_alcoholic on April 21, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Ranchi have more CSK fans than chennai...have a nice ground and mind bobbling crowd....i wish at least one match of chennai here....

  • on April 21, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    @Venkat Sundararajan

    You missed replacing Dhoni with Saha :P

  • siri12345 on April 21, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    watch out guys this time chennai wont even qualify for play offs.its just a matter of time be4 they loose 8 in a row.

  • siri12345 on April 21, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    @venkat sunderarajan bravo out and holder /laughlin in lol.and u still couldnot figure out why laughlin was dropped after playing couple of games.ashwinout localbatsman in lol.i dont think u have guts to do it.vijay out anirudh in .no wonder 1 game anirudh played chennai lost to bottom ranked pune warriors.cricinfo plz publish.

  • on April 21, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Hope it gets transferred out. Silent majority in Chennai deserve it since they couldn't keep the rabid elements out of the sport.

    OK

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on April 21, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Excellent decision. It is not just a question of allowing or not allowing Lankan players. It is about bowing to the pressure of violence. If Chennai cannot guarantee the safety of our guests then shift the matches out. India has always prided itself on holding high profile sporting events including the Commonwealth Games, 2 F1 races, 4 IPLs and international cricket and tennis events since the 2008 attacks without compromising on player safety. That is how it should be.

  • Gun79 on April 21, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    My playoff favourits would be MI, RR, CSK and RCB/Sunricers so its ok to move the matchrs anywhere other than any of above venues to avoid unfair advantage :)

  • on April 21, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    @yohandf1984: Deal...we are ready...we don't require sri lankan players and our bench is strong enough to deal any attack...

    you want morris out then nannes in;

    Brav o out - holder /laughlin in

    ashwin out - local batsmen in (jadeja and raina can spin the ball)

    morkel out - hilfenhaus in

    vijay out - srikanth anirudh in

    hussey out - FAF in...

    now you give us your combinations...its a open dare...we are ready

  • on April 21, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Ranchi is the best option for these matches

  • yohandf1984 on April 21, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    @NP_NY - According to you Chennai s decision ( not to allow SL players ) has been benefited to other teams. So we are ready to pay back CSK now . we are naming one CSK player who is to be removed from final XI , before each match vs Chennai . So CSK can try different combnations without may by Dhoni , Ashwin or Raina. R u ready CSK?

  • Ramesh_Joseph on April 21, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    I think Bangalore is the ideal choice. Chennai fans can easily travel there, great atmosphere, excellent stadium and a good T20 pitch.

  • grtstcricfan on April 21, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    it is very ideal to move these matches to kochi............ not as a resident of kochi, but it is the second largest stadium in india after the eden gardens and the crowd has been acclaimed one of the noisiest in the world. plus, it is nearer to chennai than anywhere else...

  • AMAZINGFAN on April 21, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    RANCHI shud host qualifier and eliminator....

  • NP_NY on April 21, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    Frankly speaking, I think SL players not playing in Chennai is helping the other teams so far. PWI won in Chennai when Angelo was replaced by Ross Taylor. Similarly since Murali couldn't play RCB unearthed Rampaul who has been a match winner ever since. Only Perera and Senanayeke are performing. Other SL players....I don't think the teams have missed them much.

  • NP_NY on April 21, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    @Arun Mudhartha: Oh, don't worry about the CSK fans. We will make any ground our home ground if CSK is playing. The games will likely be shifted to Bangalore (half of Bangalore is Tamils anyway :)) or Hyderabad, and we will paint either of those cities yellow when CSK plays.

  • priceless1 on April 21, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Great decision finally, if you bring the politics to the sports then pay the price is the message for the TN people .

  • srinideva on April 21, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    change to any location but not mumbai please..as a csk fan i love to see in ronchi or bangalore

  • on April 21, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    Gentleman , I am a Banglorean and i want to watch my home team in my own ground . Chennai home fans should be dissapointed similarly ... But this decision is perfect because it is rare to see any acton as such within our own country.

  • on April 21, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    You can have the play offs in Mercury if all the other Franchise want it to be or like the fans of MI and RCB want it to be... From CSK point of view,,, It doesnt matter we will beat you like how we beat you on earth any da.. Mind it... Cric info please post... Please agree that CSK played better cricket all these years and are better than chokers RCB or hyped MI...

  • on April 21, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    this decision should have been taken before the start of ipl, if one ya two teams lose out due to the unabaility of their srilankan players before play off starts ,would dan it would be fair?

  • on April 21, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    good decision.mumbai sud get those matches

  • on April 21, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    It is valid on the part of franchises asking to move the play offs from chennai... however all these franchises cannot play their srilankan players in one match... just one... on the other hand CSK cannot play their srilankan players in 8 matches... still CSK is one team which is at more disadvantage...

  • ravi_npatty on April 21, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    As a CSK fan I am disappointed to hear this. But I understand the demand is very genuine. Even though I support Tamil cause in Lanka, it should not give impact in sports. More over, barring any nations players should be at the discretion of center, not state. I will be little disappointed if play offs moved out of Chennai, but happy that cricket wins. Can't wish that the games moved out, but otherwise also not good. Hope cricket wins!

  • SRAM20 on April 20, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    Ranchi should get those matches. It shouldn't go to Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, etc. Ranchi is the best option.

  • Rui_XI on April 20, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    @Vijay Kumar and gvmraj .. Malinga not playing in Chennai was disadvantage to Chennai as Dhoni & Co knw him at back of their palm? Seriously? http://www.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2012/engine/match/548306.html

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2012/engine/match/548355.html

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2011/engine/match/501221.html

    Please check the facts before speaking nonsense..

    The fact remains CSK has 8 games where they have got advantage... and it is just fair for the other teams for the eliminators to be moved out of Chennai

  • kc69 on April 20, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    I hope Sir Ravindra Jadeja doesnt use his mystical powers to change the minds of franchises.

  • kc69 on April 20, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    This is a great decision by IPL.Biggest impact of barring Sri Lankan Players will be on Sunrisers Hyderabad(a little bit on RCB and MI).Because if it was not for Sanga Quinton De Kock would not have got 2 chances till now and moreover Thisara Parera is the most valuable Lankan player this season.It is very much enthusiastic to move the playoffs to a non-IPL venue.But preparations and management are equally necessary so mostly it might be Banglore or Hyderabad that may end up as final venues. @gvmraj:i didnt get your point.Chennai gets to host less number of international matches-I don't quite agree with that fact.

  • TheGladiator on April 20, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    @gvmraj. If you think 1 player wont make a difference, then the opposition team should have a choice that they could tell the CSK team that they should not play 1 player of their(opposition) choice in Chennai. So most teams may say that a Dhoni or Hussey should not play in Chennai. Coz as you said one player will hardly make a difference. Think before you comment buddy.

  • gvmraj on April 20, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Come on guys, are you people that much dumb? If malinga is their strength MI should have won at the least 2 or 3 IPL titles. Same is the case with RCB. If having Sangakkara makes a difference, Kings XI punjab & Deccan Chargers should have progressed to some stage in the respective seasons. Do all these people rely on one player for their season? You could say strategy, team building, etc. But where is the strategy if you say we will not play well if you remove 1 player from the team? Why does the management buy so many players if they are going to stick on with only 1 player? Think before starting a debate. As a CSK fan, I would not want the matches to be taken out of Chennai. As you all very well know that only less number of international games played in chennai and we would not want to miss the IPL too.

  • on April 20, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Moving the Matches to a small market like Ranchi would be great. Since the last 2 matches are in Kolkata, the travel would be much less. Also, I dont think many smaller cities have grounds to match the brand new stadium in Ranchi. Lets also not forget the support MSD and CSK would get if the matches were played in Ranchi. Plus with the new ground, I think the playing field would really be leveled as there would not have been enough matches played for any team to claim an advantage in those conditions.

  • on April 20, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Its not a decision of CSK to exclude Sri Lankan players, it is a political decision just like the one to exclude Pakistani players at a much larger level. As per the rule of IPL the runners up should host these matches. Lets not twist the rules, please!

  • on April 20, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    The truth is not having Malinga or Murali for the chennai game is an advantage for MI RCB. Dhoni and co knows these players like back of their palms. And as you can see Jayawardene and Sangakkara are more or less having horrible IPL so far it it will help themselves to sit out of a high pressure game, we saw that when Mathews sat for pune. So its dis advantage CSK not others

  • on April 20, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    being a guy from chennai ,with all this political issues here , i am totally agreed with this move !!!but for the sake of the CSK fans ple move the play off to RANCHI !!! if csk make it to play off they would get the same amount of support as they get here in MAC !!!!!

  • ravi2047 on April 20, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Firstly, mixing up sports and politics is bad. To add, the governing council has allowed matches to happen in Chennai all through the IPL 2013. This dents the strengths of the other 8 teams visiting Chennai. True that each team has 15 other games to cover up but CSK gets a good 8 chances to increase their points column. This is visibly biased. Considering to move the IPL play offs out of Chennai is a half-good decision as I feel half the damage is already done.

    As the cliche goes - "Better late than never!" :)

  • on April 20, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    SRH(Thissara and maybe Sanga) and Mumbai Indians(Malinga) should be the only teams that should be worried.

    RCB - Murali has been replaced by Ravi Rampaul. Dilshan has been terrible anyway. If by any chance, Pune qualifies, Ross Taylor can replace Mathhews. Delhi - lol!!

    There is nothing to be biased about. It just shows how the other teams are too unsettled. If tomorrow, IPL stops taking Australian/SA players, CSK would still go without Hussey and Morkel as a side, than to blame someone for their exclusions.

    Long live CSK and RR!!! Whiners gonna Whine!!

  • KallisTheGreatest on April 20, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Very good decision ! Appreciate it...

  • sweetspot on April 20, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Dharamsala is my #1 choice! No local team really, and the crowds will love having the big matches there. It's a beautiful ground and will be a superb place to play in May. Down south we may even have some early monsoons.

  • nikhil_tawde on April 20, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    @Uppercut07 This decision has been taken to avoid the bias towards CSK and to make it a fair affair and not because of essentiality of players of some country.

  • on April 20, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    nice decision. this is fair play nd bcci should look replace these two matches in some remote places nd spread the tournmant. 2matches at 2diff venues like kochi,rajkot,ranchi,indore,goa or sopme any places lwhere ipl is not played before. next year while planning bcci should accomidate each team 2home baseed matches like hyd had nagpur nd huyd, dis year dd nd kkr had. total 9teams nd atleast 18places. jst to spread the tournament every where. csk - chennai nd kochi srh -hyd,vizag rcb - banglore nd nagpur kkr - kolkata,ranchi dd-delhi nd onether place near delhi kXLP - moholi,dharmashala RR - jaipur,ahmedabad mi-mumbai,goa pune - pune indoe

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on April 20, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    This was surely coming...Move it to Bangalore, one of the most sporting pitches in the country....Have some high scoring Qualifiers and Eliminators

  • on April 20, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    this is the best thing that should be done...

  • PrasadGunawardane on April 20, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    I guess, the most essential Sri Lankan player in this IPL is, Thisara Perera who is valuable more than even 10 million USD to Sunrisers of Hyderabad!.. So i guess, it is a quite strong and great decision of moving the matches from Chennai. It will show the strength of BCCI and it will be a good show that Indian Cricket can show to the world where politics can never interrupt Cricket!

  • Uppercut07 on April 20, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    well well, looks SL players are essential to IPL franchises afterall! Some Indian fans were suggesting otherwise, early in the IPL!

  • on April 20, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    Finally some sense prevailed.... Now the teams would be equal and there wont be any biased decision.... I will be extremely happy if its finalised. Let Mumbai or Bangalore host the qualifiers as these are the places where the atmosphere is electrifying.

  • on April 20, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    that is great news ...., Love it!!! finally the deserving decision will be taken ....

  • on April 20, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    i think all franchises should stay united and pressurise the governing council to shift he matches from chennai as it would b unfair for other teams

  • on April 20, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    i think all franchises should stay united and pressurise the governing council to shift he matches from chennai as it would b unfair for other teams

  • on April 20, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    that is great news ...., Love it!!! finally the deserving decision will be taken ....

  • on April 20, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    Finally some sense prevailed.... Now the teams would be equal and there wont be any biased decision.... I will be extremely happy if its finalised. Let Mumbai or Bangalore host the qualifiers as these are the places where the atmosphere is electrifying.

  • Uppercut07 on April 20, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    well well, looks SL players are essential to IPL franchises afterall! Some Indian fans were suggesting otherwise, early in the IPL!

  • PrasadGunawardane on April 20, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    I guess, the most essential Sri Lankan player in this IPL is, Thisara Perera who is valuable more than even 10 million USD to Sunrisers of Hyderabad!.. So i guess, it is a quite strong and great decision of moving the matches from Chennai. It will show the strength of BCCI and it will be a good show that Indian Cricket can show to the world where politics can never interrupt Cricket!

  • on April 20, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    this is the best thing that should be done...

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on April 20, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    This was surely coming...Move it to Bangalore, one of the most sporting pitches in the country....Have some high scoring Qualifiers and Eliminators

  • on April 20, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    nice decision. this is fair play nd bcci should look replace these two matches in some remote places nd spread the tournmant. 2matches at 2diff venues like kochi,rajkot,ranchi,indore,goa or sopme any places lwhere ipl is not played before. next year while planning bcci should accomidate each team 2home baseed matches like hyd had nagpur nd huyd, dis year dd nd kkr had. total 9teams nd atleast 18places. jst to spread the tournament every where. csk - chennai nd kochi srh -hyd,vizag rcb - banglore nd nagpur kkr - kolkata,ranchi dd-delhi nd onether place near delhi kXLP - moholi,dharmashala RR - jaipur,ahmedabad mi-mumbai,goa pune - pune indoe

  • nikhil_tawde on April 20, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    @Uppercut07 This decision has been taken to avoid the bias towards CSK and to make it a fair affair and not because of essentiality of players of some country.

  • sweetspot on April 20, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Dharamsala is my #1 choice! No local team really, and the crowds will love having the big matches there. It's a beautiful ground and will be a superb place to play in May. Down south we may even have some early monsoons.