Kolkata Knight Riders' home game against Mumbai Indians on May 14 has been moved from Eden Gardens to the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack because of security constraints during the elections in West Bengal.
"The decision was taken after the Kolkata Police informed the Cricket Association of Bengal and the Kolkata Knight Riders representatives that they would not be in a position to provide security cover at Eden Gardens on May 14, owing to the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal," an IPL statement said. "The Kolkata Police have assured that they will provide security cover for the remaining three matches scheduled to be played in Kolkata, on May 20, May 22 and May 24 respectively."
Those three matches will be the only ones Knight Riders have at their proper home venue this IPL season. The Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, Kolkata's home venue for the game against Mumbai, has also been playing home to Kings XI Punjab this season. In fact, on May 11, Kings XI will be the home team in Cuttack, when they take on Knight Riders.
"Kolkata Knight Riders will be playing an 'away' game in Cuttack, against Kings XI Punjab, on May 11," said the IPL governing council chairman Ranjib Biswal. "KKR will then stay back in Cuttack, and play a 'home' game against Mumbai Indians, on May 14. Both sides can expect the support of the spectators, and the spectators in turn can expect some fantastic cricket."