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Ranchi to host IPL's 2nd Qualifier on May 22

It's always better late than never. Initially declined the rights to host a match this season, the BCCI on Tuesday sprung a surprise by rewarding Jharkhand capital Ranchi with the second Qualifier of the ongoing eight edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

india Updated: Apr 29, 2015 15:44 IST
HT Correspondent

It's always better late than never. Initially declined the rights to host a match this season, the BCCI on Tuesday sprung a surprise by rewarding Jharkhand capital Ranchi with the second Qualifier of the ongoing eight edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The match on May 22 will be played at the International Cricket Stadium of Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) in Dhurva.

The proposed match assumes greater significance as it is going to be the penultimate before the final match to be played on May 24 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Identified as one of the best cricket grounds in India, the JSCA stadium has already hosted several national and international level tourneys including three ODIs, six IPL and five Champions League T20 matches.

"Since Ranchi is not the home ground of any franchisee, the organisers are not mandated to allot a match here," said JSCA president Amitabh Chaudhary, who added, "Despite the bottlenecks, we have got the privilege to host the match. It has certainly involved a lot of effort and it is now everyone's responsibility to make the match a grand success."

Unlike ODIs, IPL matches in Ranchi have drawn lesser audiences and are not very profitable for the franchises. The gate tickets sold during the last six IPL matches were not very encouraging.

JSCA authorities however seem optimistic of pulling in better crowds on May 22. "There is a misconception among a segment of audience that IPL format lacks seriousness, which is not the case at all. The huge crowds at the home grounds of franchises are testament to the fighting spirit and high quality sportsmanship being exhibited during the matches," said Chaudhary.

The IPL 2015 kick-started from April 8, with the opening match played between defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders and former winners Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens.

A total of 60 matches - 28 matches have already been played till Tuesday - including the four play-offs, will be played over a period of 47 days.