IPL 2016: Alternate home venues for MI, RPS to be finalised on 29 April
Following an order from the Bombay High Court, all IPL matches barring one — between RPS ad MI at Pune on 1 May — have to be moved out of Maharashtra due to the ongoing drought.
Mumbai: The Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council is to meet in Delhi on Friday to finalise the new home venues for defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) and league debutants, Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS), once the games shift outside Maharashtra under the orders of the Bombay High Court.
"There is a meeting of the IPL GC tomorrow in Delhi. The new (home) venues of the two teams will be finalised," a top IPL official told PTI on Thursday.
Although RPS have indicated their preference for Vishakapatnam post the final game at their designated home venue – Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium on the outskirts of Pune, the IPL was yet to approve the same, the official explained.
"Both the new venues will be decided tomorrow," he reiterated.
According to informed sources, MI have been told their new home venue is a choice between Mohali, Dharamsala and Kanpur after their earlier preferred venue, Jaipur, has run into rough weather following the filing of a PIL there citing water scarcity in the Pink City.
RPS's last home game at Pune would be the Maharashtra Derby against the defending champions on 1 May. Thursday is MI's last game against 2014 champions Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
The BCCI plans to add new teams in the 2022 edition and teams could be from Ahmedabad, Lucknow or Pune.
There are 31 games to be played in UAE instead of the usual 60 and that could mean good pitches for the majority of the tournament. With the conditions different from India and pitches expected to be slower, all teams have emphasised on starting from scratch.
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