The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) have finally announced the schedule of the first two weeks for the India Premier League (IPL) 2019.
Defending champions Chennai Super Kings will face Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening game of IPL 2019. The match is scheduled to be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on March 23. According to the schedule, 17 matches will be played over two weeks from March 23 to April 5, including three double-header games on March 24, 30 and 31.
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During this period, six teams will play in four games each. Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals will be featured in five games of their league fixtures. The Delhi Capitals will play three home games in the first two weeks of the IPL while the Royal Challengers Bangalore will play three away games during this period. Others teams will play two home and two away games each.
As per the double-headers concern, Kolkata Knight Riders will play Sunrisers Hyderabad at 4 pm in Kolkata on March 24, while Mumbai Indians will lock horns against Delhi Capitals at 8 pm in Mumbai. Another doubleheader will be on March 31 where Sunrisers Hyderabad will face-off Royal Challengers Bangalore in the afternoon in Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings will host Rajasthan Royals at 8 pm in Chennai.
“A total of 17 matches will be played during this two-week period across the eight home venues of the respective franchises. All teams will play minimum of four matches with Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore playing five matches. Every team will play minimum of two home and two away matches with the Capitals playing three home matches, while RCB will play three away matches,” the IPL media release read on Tuesday.
The full schedule will be announced later as the dates of the General Elections are yet to be announced. However, the CoA took the decision to organize the whole tournament in India only.
“IPL released the schedule of the first two weeks (17 matches) of the 2019 Season. These are still subject to the announcement of the Lok Sabha 2019 election dates. Once these have been released BCCI will address any issues with the first two weeks and will also prepare a schedule for the remainder of the season working with the local authorities around the polling dates,” according to the IPL media release.
Meanwhile, The CoA and BCCI had tried to be in touch with Home Ministry officials in India to know about the election dates but failed to proceed further on this.
“This is still subject to the announcement of Lok Sabha 2019 election dates. Once the election dates are released we will address any issues with the first two weeks and also prepare a schedule for the remainder of the season working with the local authorities around the polling dates,” added in the IPL media release.
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