IPL 2017 news February 15, 2017

Indore returns as IPL venue, final in Hyderabad on May 21

ESPNcricinfo staff

Indore hosted its first Test in October last year © Hindustan Times

Indore, which last hosted an IPL match in 2011, returns as one of the 10 venues for IPL 2017, which starts on April 5 when defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad host Royal Challengers Bangalore in Hyderabad. Indore's Holkar Stadium hosted its first Test in October 2016, more than 10 years after its first ODI in 2006. The city's previous international venue, Nehru Stadium, hosted nine ODIs between 1983 and 2001.

Indore hosted two IPL games in 2011 when it was the second home base to Kochi Tuskers Kerela. It will be the second home to Kings XI Punjab this season and will host three games: on April 8 (Kings XI Punjab v Rising Pune Supergiants), April 10 (Kings XI v Royal Challengers ) and April 20 (Kings XI v Mumbai Indians). The VCA Stadium in Nagpur was scheduled to host three matches for Kings XI last season, but a drought in Maharashtra forced those games out of the state, with Mohali staging all of Kings XI's seven home games.

The IPL 2017 final will also be played in Hyderabad, on May 21, 10 days before the start of the Champions Trophy in England. According to IPL norms, the defending champions get the rights to host both the opening and final match of the tournament.

This season will see four afternoon games (1600 IST start) on weekdays - Monday and Friday, unlike last season where there were no afternoon games on weekdays.

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  • ullasjp on February 17, 2017, 5:06 GMT

    Stokes want to play for RCB

  • needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on February 17, 2017, 0:16 GMT

    SRH and RCB will play finals again this season no other team is composed so well. RCB will get back Starc their premium bowler which should fix most of there lineup. Binny out and Sarfaraz in should be the mantra. SRH loaded with allrounders in Yuvi, Hooda , Henriques ,Sharma B, Bhuvi and Cutting has a longest batting lineup mostly disfunctional but best Bowling attack. Shran/Nehra,Bhuvi , Fizz . All SRH needs to fix is get one good spinner which they might easily in this auction. Forgot to mention Davey Warner ! Rest of teams look great but not balanced. Best thing about IPL is 8 teams fighting for playoffs(4) making it an open tournament. Its tough for bottom teams but format wise don't expect some teams lagging at end to win tournament with last few games. Only other strong team from last year Gujarat lions has some fixing to do with injured Bravo if he is back GL will join SRH and RCB as initial favorites .

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 16, 2017, 21:55 GMT

    RCB to go all the way this time ? One can surely hope and pray.

  • uppi2pkc on February 16, 2017, 10:29 GMT

    @cooljack_143, rcb would lift the IPL 2017 right in Hyderabad.... Its gonna be a deja vu..... BTW, I seriously doubt SRH prospects this season.....

  • cooljack_143 on February 16, 2017, 5:42 GMT

    Srh need good spinner. Hoping they secure services of associate player rashid from afgh. Karan sharma has been the biggest disappointment.

  • Apoorv Agrawal on February 15, 2017, 19:01 GMT

    @naishadh:- SRH vs kxip is on 17 April and 28 April just two matches between these two teams not 3

  • Apoorv Agrawal on February 15, 2017, 18:57 GMT

    SRH are playing Punjab twice only

  • naishadh482 on February 15, 2017, 18:32 GMT

    Why does Sunrisers play Punjab thrice? is it because Sunrisers is the defending champions and Punjab is the last placed team from last year?

  • cricfan51887652 on February 15, 2017, 17:22 GMT

    indore will be hosting 3 matches this year..the one with rpsg on 8th apr

  • cooljack_143 on February 15, 2017, 16:22 GMT

    Davey warner to win IPL 2017 back & bring trophy for Hyderabadis. As Ind will trounce aus 4-0 at home, that makes it for Davey and coach tom moody as revenge game vs RCB in Hyd ,opening game & closing game to be played by RCB and SRH.

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