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No IPL matches in Chennai, final moved to Bangalore

Amol Karhadkar

May 10, 2014

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South Africa train against the backdrop of the Chidambaram Stadium's towering stands, Chennai, February 11, 2011
The new stands at the MA Chidambaram Stadium have been the subject of a legal tussle © Associated Press
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Bangalore will hold the final of the IPL this season, and Kolkata will get a qualifier after the governing council announced a revamped schedule. The changes were prompted as Chennai could not host any of its four scheduled games, due to a dispute with the municipal authorities over the use of three stands at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Chennai's two league games have been shifted to Ranchi, while Mumbai gets two of the four big games despite losing out on hosting the final.

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association's inability to host matches is due to the prolonged deadlock with the municipal corporation over the legality of the construction of three new stands and a gymnasium at the MA Chidambaram stadium. After the Supreme Court had ordered both the parties to reach an amicable settlement with regard to staging IPL matches, the TNCA authorities informed the IPL authorities late on Friday of their inability to stage the matches.

Since Ranchi had already been allotted two of Chennai Super Kings' four home in India, the governing council members decided to maintain continuity and award the remaining two games to the JSCA International Stadium.

The rescheduling of the final has been a result of apparent mismanagement at Wankhede Stadium. Some VIPs faced difficulties in parking their vehicles when Mumbai Indians hosted Kings XI Punjab on May 3. MCA vice-president Ravi Savant had told ESPNcricinfo that the issue had been sorted after MCA had met with BCCI-IPL interim president Sunil Gavaskar. But the governing council felt the final was too risky an occasion to take chances.

Savant, also a BCCI vice-president, declined to comment on whether Wankhede losing the final was unfair. "Let our managing committee decide during its next meeting," he said.

Cricket Club of India, custodians of the Brabourne Stadium, were rewarded for their faith in the BCCI hierarchy with a play-off match. CCI is a full member of the board and is one of the 30 voting members. The BCCI had considered it for hosting the second Test of the West Indies tour last year, before Sachin Tendulkar expressed his desire to sign off from international cricket at Wankhede.

Kolkata was compensated for the May 14 game between Mumbai and Kolkata Knight Riders, which had been relocated to Cuttack since the state government authorities expressed their inability to provide security before the election counting day (May 16).

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Pavinasen on (May 12, 2014, 13:31 GMT)

When you talk about team arrogance,CSK CSK ??? no way,they are a confident team and play within the rules,how come they keep topping the fair play award table.Arrogance should at least keep you lingering around the bottom.It seems you guys can never appreciate a team that is so blessed , cool,calm,collected and genuine crickters,they hold the key to the success or failure of the team India in the limited overs & T20. Even in failure they are still respected.Share & enjoy in your brothers success ,instead of being envious.Wistle Podu

Posted by Ben2014 on (May 11, 2014, 13:47 GMT)

CSK supporters should see that the same municipal government does not take charge after this term. Sad to see CSK not having a home game. Having said that, Punjab has been good this year but can't deny CSK's consistency. You will have to concede that. It will be irrational to think otherwise.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2014, 9:08 GMT)

No home games for CSK, No problem...we will still beat other teams elsewhere and qualify! I wonder what RCB did to get the Finals of the tournament staged there, here is a team which didn't even make the playoffs in recent years and is highly unlikely to make this year's playoff too and get the IPL final, very difficult to understand the logic.

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (May 11, 2014, 8:10 GMT)

@uppi2pkc RCB was struggling early in the tournament in 2011 and Gayle had to pretty much carry the team on his own into the final. In 2013, they had a bunch of games at home in the beginning so the "peaked early" but when they started their away leg, every team exploited their inability to play away from home. RCB wasn't a case of peaking early, they just relied on favoring conditions or particular players. @vivekanandanarulmozhi If you say that about KXIP, the same can be said about CSK. Get Smith and McCullum out early and you beat them. NOw you might say that CSK has Raina, Faf and Dhoni, but Punjab has Sehwag, Bailey and Saha as well who have all looked in good touch. So, both teams do look like they rely on two big players but the others just haven't had a chance to shine. They have supported the big ones well though. Also, this year, KXIP has a completely new team, so their past performances can't be used to predict the play offs.

Posted by vivekanandanarulmozhi on (May 11, 2014, 7:59 GMT)

It is disappointed that no matches in Jaipur, Chennai and Mohali. But why 4 matches for MI in mumbai.

Most of all thought Punjab is better than CSK. But in my view punjab is weaker than CSK. Just imagine any team can pick maxwell and miller early, then they will win the match. Lets see how long these both are in good touch with bat.

Posted by uppi2pkc on (May 11, 2014, 7:31 GMT)

@sankar durai...no matter what CSK does....even this year CSK will hodl the runners up trophy guaranteed....just love the fact that CSK and punjab are peaking early in the tournament.....just like RCB did in 2011 and 2013.....peak early and lose momentum @ critical moment...u may disagree stating CSK is consistent....but isnt this year looking like a 3 man batting unit? yes it is!!!! dont worry smith and mccullum will be exhausted before the playoff's...raina is the next yuvi....faf will bow out in pressure...dhoni will watch @ the other end the ruins of CSK batting in the play off or finals....iam not a soothsayer here...but the CSK post 2011 season has become the most arrogant T20 team who think they are invincibles....loved the attitude of CSK pre 2011....post that they are like Chelsea...big names...win all the way yet not the champions...1st june will see a surprise....as there wud be a dfrnt winner in bangalore.... but CSK or punjab will be one of the losing finalists! watch out

Posted by   on (May 11, 2014, 5:46 GMT)

@Supreet Singh.. there is difference between being new star and being stars always.. CSK is all the time stars... Just wait n see the final :)

Posted by   on (May 11, 2014, 5:12 GMT)

arunkumar@ you can keep living in past but this year punjab is stronger than ever. no doubt csk is very strong team. but u cant compare past with present as whole team keep on changing.... for me punjab all the way....

Posted by   on (May 11, 2014, 2:48 GMT)

Mr.Shihabuddin can you just go back to history at 2011 IPL the match bw csk and kxip. during that season #KXIP beat csk both games but they could not make qualifier but Csk Well finished that tournament. Also during first season KXIP top of the table and they defeated by csk in semifinal in big margin.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2014, 0:07 GMT)

wow nice to here.,

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