IPL 2014 April 3, 2014

Second phase of IPL in India from May 2

ESPNcricinfo staff

After weeks of uncertainty, the schedule for the second leg of IPL 2014 has been confirmed, with India hosting the remaining 40 games from May 2. The first 20 games, between April 16 and 30, will be held in the UAE; the second leg will be entirely in India and culminates in the final on June 1.

Ranchi will host the first match in India, between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. Chennai will host the first Qualifier and the Eliminator while Mumbai will host the second qualifier and final. However, Jaipur will not host any games this season, with Rajasthan Royals playing all their home games in Ahmedabad. The Sawai Mansingh Stadium has traditionally been a fortress for the Royals, and the schedule is a blow for the 2008 winners.

The uncertainty was because of India's general elections, which will be held in several stages from April 7 to May 12. There are no matches scheduled for May 16, when the election results will be announced, and May 17. The last general election, in 2009, necessitated the entire tournament to be shifted to South Africa.

"Following on from the launch of ticket sales for the UAE leg today, I am pleased that we are now able to confirm the dates for the rest of the season," Sunil Gavaskar, interim president, BCCI-IPL, said.

"It is great news that the fans back home in India will be able to watch a large part of the IPL 2014. Given the various challenges and the logistical complexities, we have spent a considerable amount of time in crafting a balanced schedule."

There are two changes to the UAE leg of the schedule. The evening match on April 26 in Abu Dhabi, between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders, will be a home match for Knight Riders. The match on April 28 in Dubai, between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab, will be a home game for Kings XI.

During the India leg, Kings XI will play two home games in Cuttack, while Super Kings will play two matches in Ranchi. Each team will play nine matches in India. Dharamsala, a home ground for Kings XI, too will not host a game this season.

"We are delighted to have the season back in India at the start of May," Ranjib Biswal, IPL chairman, said. "Organising an event of this scale at multiple venues in two countries is an enormous organisational undertaking and we are very grateful to the Government of India, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the police authorities in the various states for their support."

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  • David on April 5, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Much better schedule. 56 games (2 vs each team) is perfect. Better than years past.

  • Dummy on April 5, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Disappointing that Bangladesh won't get to host any of the games. Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, and Cox's Bazar would have been ideal destinations for Indian fans to travel to the games.

  • Dummy4 on April 4, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    oh come on....why should the fans suffer???...why hasnt the BCCi given games to jaipur???...it has abeen a fortress for RR...the ground and pitch is one of the best in the country...im terribly dissapointed...i am hoping for a turnaround...

  • ESPN on April 4, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    its very good news for indian fans...

  • Android on April 4, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    This ipl is fair .all ipl team is strong hope csk should not qualifies for playoff like pakistan.hope men in blue retain their cup

  • krishna tej on April 4, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    Its unfair home schedule regarding weekend double header to respective to franchises home games. Here is the stats how unfair it is.

    MI - 3 RCB - 3 DD - 2 KXIP - 2 CSK - 1 SRH - 1 KKR - 1 RR - 1

    Why MI and RCB get 3 weekend matches where as CSK,SRH,KKR and RR gets only 1 match. One weekend match from MI and RCB should be shifted to CSK,SRH or KKR. As RR is not playing in their home ground.

  • Dummy4 on April 4, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    tough task for rajasthan royals

  • John on April 3, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    It is very nice to know that IPL will play its 20 matches in UAE. This will bring similar kind of atmosphere like we have witnessed in India Pakistan contest plus people in UAE are hungry for good cricket. Keeping UAE alive in cricket is very good for cricket and for the expectators.

  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    fixture pls! it would be great of u to provide that!

  • Sreedhar on April 3, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    Sunil Gavaskar's efforts to put IPL straight without any complication this season is welcome. Therecare many Fans in India& abroad who are interested in the Cricket matches solely from Academic interest in view. Such fans who are purely interested in the fast game should be rewarded with smooth running without an element of controversy. This season we hope there won't beany complication under the efficient supervision from veteran Sunil Gavaskar.

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