India to host IPL matches from May 2 onwards

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Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium will host the IPL final

India will host all the remaining 40 Indian Premier League (IPL) matches from May 2 onwards after the first 20 games of the tournament were moved to the United Arab Emirates due to the federal elections.

It was also announced that Chennai will host the first qualifier and the eliminator while Mumbai will be the place to be for the second qualifier and final.

Another change that was revealed was that the Rajasthan Royals will play all their home matches in Ahmedabad instead of Jaipur.

“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,” interim Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sunil Gavaskar 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.”

IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal added: “We are delighted to have the season back in India at the start of May. 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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