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IPL adds more venues to its list

Visakhapatnam and Ahmedabad will be the new venues for the IPL, which will begin with a spectacular opening ceremony at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai. G Krishnan reports.

cricket Updated: Mar 10, 2009 22:37 IST
G Krishnan

Visakhapatnam and Ahmedabad will be the new venues for the Indian Premier League, which will begin with a spectacular opening ceremony at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai.

Launching the second edition and the new logo here on Tuesday, IPL commissioner Lalit Modi said Dharamsala and Nagpur were still in the frame and that the “schedule is still being finalised”. Clash of dates with the general elections had forced the IPL to draw up a revised schedule. “Effecting a change to one match has a big domino effect on the entire schedule. It is a cumbersome process,” said Modi.

Explaining the process of finalising venues, he said, “In the first process, we (IPL) go to every stakeholder, which also includes the state government, and ask them the dates on which they don’t want matches in their cities. Next, we revise the
schedule, plugging in new dates. Then we go back to the state governments for approval.

“As of now, 90 per cent have approved verbally. Three states, including Maharashtra and Rajasthan, have confirmed in writing. We expect five others to come back to us in writing. Only one has asked for a date to be changed. This has upset the whole schedule.”

The confusion over Jaipur hosting matches stands cleared. “The Rajasthan government was the first to confirm in writing, approving the schedule on Saturday. But they wanted all of the Royals’ matches in Rajasthan. Given the blackout dates in May, we had to move some matches out of Jaipur,” Modi said, As reported by HT on Tuesday, he also confirmed that Chennai would not host all the seven Super Kings matches. Also, the seven home games of the Mumbai Indians “would in all likelihood be played at the Cricket Club of India that houses the Brabourne Stadium”.

In what would be a first in India, three venues — Mohali, Bangalore and Delhi — will have turnstiles. “The spectators will know exactly where they’ll sit as soon as they buy the tickets,” he said. Tickets are to go on sale from next week and will be available at www.iplt20.com, Vodafone stores and Citi retail banking outlets.

Like last year, matches will be screened at theatres “with multiple language feeds” but a match being played in a particular city will not be screened in theatres of that city.

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