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Cuttack will play host to the Indian Premier League (IPL) match between the Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians because of insufficient security personnel due to the West Bengal elections.
The match was originally supposed to be played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
“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.”
IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal added: “Kolkata Knight Riders will be playing an ‘away’ game in Cuttack, against Kings XI Punjab, on May 11. 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.”