With the Bombay High Court asking the BCCI to shift IPL matches out of Maharashtra, the board had reportedly asked venues in other cities like Indore, Ranchi and Kanpur to be on stand-by mode, saying it might shift Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants’ matches to these venues. The Kings XI Punjab, who were scheduled to play three matches in Nagpur, are likely to play all their seven home games at their Mohali base.
However, IPL governing council chairman Rajeev Shukla told Hindustan Times that the updated list might contain Vishakhapatnam instead of Indore, after the latter expressed difficulties in hosting cricket on account of the Kumbh Mela being held there.
Shukla also said that hosting matches at Jaipur was being considered, but the plan could run into difficulties following the suspension of the Rajasthan Cricket Association.
“We are working out a plan to implement all the court directives. We have decided against going for further appeals. Losses will run into several crores, but that’s not the issue at this point in time,” said Shukla told Hindustan Times.
According to board officials, the two affected franchisees — Rising Pune Supergiants and Mumbai Indians — will be given the chance to decide for themselves which alternative venues they’d prefer. And while the RPS had indicated Kolkata as their choice, it was unlikely to be taken up as the Knight Riders already play their matches there. Chennai was another option, but Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu might make that difficult.
Also, board officials have said that they would request the deadline be shifted from 30 April to 1 May, in order to let the RPS host its home match against Mumbai Indians. The rationale is that it is hosting two back-to-back home matches, on 29 April and 1 May. The gap between the two, one day, is insufficient to change the venue. A one-match extension would let them change their base in time for their next home match, which will be on 10 May against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Shukla also said that the three play-off matches scheduled to be held in Pune and Mumbai were likely to be held at Bangalore, Delhi and Kolkata.