The Indian Premier League teams Mumbai Indians and the Rising Pune Supergiants will play the rest of their home games in Visakhapatnam. After the Bombay High Court ruled to move Indian Premier League (IPL) matches out of the drought-hit Maharashtra, the Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants were on the lookout for new ‘home venues’ for the season. On Friday, IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla announced that Visakhapatnam has been chosen as the common ground for hosting the remaining home matches of both teams. In addition, one qualifier and eliminator has been shifted to Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.
The BCCI media release, “The governing council extended gratitude towards the government of Rajasthan and thanked the Rajasthan sports minister Gajendra Singh Khimsar for the efforts to get the Sawai Mansingh Cricket Stadium ready for hosting the matches. However, due to paucity of time and uncertainty surrounding whether the matches will be held or not, the governing council decided that Vizag will be neutral venue for both Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants. Both the IPL franchises have expressed satisfaction and are keen to embrace Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium as their home ground for the upcoming matches.”
The match between Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad on 15th May will be played at 4 PM while the game between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils in Visakhapatnam on the same day has been shifted to 8 PM. The final, which was originally scheduled to be played at the home ground of the defending champions – Mumbai Indians, has been moved to M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru and the Eliminator and the Qualifier 2 will be held in Delhi. The three matches that were scheduled to be played in Nagpur have been moved to PCA Stadium in Mohali.
Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants home matches post May 1, 2016 for the IPL this season.
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