IPL 2013 news April 22, 2013

BCCI defers decision on playoff venue


The IPL governing council deferred the decision of shifting the two playoff games that were scheduled to be played in Chennai on May 21 and 22, respectively.

Following political pressure before the tournament, the BCCI asked franchises to refrain from fielding their Sri Lankan players in games played in Chennai. With Sri Lankans featuring in many teams, the franchises have been asking for the playoff games - the first qualifier and the eliminator - to be moved out of Chennai.

However, the IPL governing council, which met in Chennai on Monday, decided to adopt a wait-and-watch approach. "If the political issue in Tamil Nadu subsides, the question of shifting the games won't arise," said a BCCI insider, who attended the meeting. "The playoffs are still a month away, so there is no need to rush into any decision."

If the political turmoil is not resolved, the games might be played in Bangalore or Mumbai. Sri Lankan cricketers have been an integral part of the IPL since its inception in 2008. In the current season, three teams - Sunrisers Hyderabad, Pune Warriors and Delhi Daredevils - are led by Sri Lankans. Though Sunrisers and Warriors have benched Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews, respectively, in a bid to improve their team balance, they remain key members of the side.

Thisara Perera, the Sri Lankan all-rounder, has emerged as the leading performer for Sunrisers, who have won five of their seven games so far. As the tournament moves towards the half-way mark, Sunrisers are among the favourites to make it to the top four, along with the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who have Muttiah Muralitharan and Tillakaratne Dilshan in their ranks.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sasidharan on April 24, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Everyone stop complaining about IPL being biased towards CSK. You should remember that Chennai got to host the knockouts or final, ONLY BY WINNING/RUNNER-UP OF IPL IN A NON-CHENNAI VENUE the first time. So all other teams should be good enough to win it the first time in an away venue, then you will have the privilege to host eliminator/final in you local venue the following year. About moving venue, don't compare the current situation to what happened in Hyderabad few years back. Have some common sense. It is obvious to move the venue if safety of 11 player + support staff is in doubt. But if only 1-2 player's safety is in question, you should only leave out that player. In the 90's, do you think India forfeited their matches when Sachin was injured, as I remember he was the only one winning matches for India.

  • rakesh on April 23, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Why can't they atleast shift the semi-finals, They shifted all the matches from hyderabad in one of the previous IPL's. Too much bias towards CSK from BCCI, you can guess why!

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Government decision on ban of srilankan players came only because of public's ferocious response towards srilankan government action and tamilnadu government might have thought of banning srilankan players playing in tamilnadu. And more over, sangakara himself gave way to other players.

  • joel on April 23, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    I say ban the WEST INDIANS as well ;) that way we'll see how good RCB, CSK, MI and KKR really are.

  • Yuvaraja on April 23, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    It will take some time people to forget the issue. May be next year everyone will forget about the Srilankan and moved to some other issue started by some politician. Then the matches can be played in chennai

  • on April 23, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Sport should not be mixed with politics. Pakistan players should play in India and in IPL.

  • Vasudevan on April 23, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    All matches should have been shifted from Chennai from Day 1. The political situation is not going to change, with a major election coming in one year. Even 2014 IPL will face the same fate. Move the matches now.

  • rakesh on April 23, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Sunrisers will be the most affected team, since thisara perera is it's stand player with bat n ball, they will miss him badly in the match against chennai.

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Hope Chennnai does not have its cake,its cream and eat it all Get the matches and the attendant revenue, exclude the opponents players and then win

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    You have to manage the situation at any point of time. Play well ! deserve the victory!

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