The final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 will take place at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on May 12. The BCCI informed all eight franchises about the final fixture keeping the general elections in mind.
Keeping the seven-phase general election in mind, the BCCI has allotted seven home matches to each and every franchise. “We have spoken to the local administration with all the centres and they have assured all support,” a Board official told Sportstar.
Efforts have been taken to finish off each leg before the particular city heads for election. For instance, Kolkata Knight Riders will play its last home match on April 28, much before the city heads for the polls.
“In some centres, we have ensured that there are no matches closer to the election date. And we have done these adjustments accordingly,” one of the Board officials said, referring to Mumbai.
The city heads to elections on April 29, and as a result there aren’t any matches in the city in between April 16 and May 2. “These are the adjustments we had to ensure to ensure there aren’t much of logistical issues,” one of the franchise officials said.
Visakhapatnam has been kept as a back-up venue.
Though the Board hasn’t announced the dates, the BCCI has informally told the franchises that it is looking at May 7, May 8 and May 10 as the possible options for the Qualifier 1, Eliminator and Qualifier 2 respectively.
“The reason for not announcing the dates for the knockouts is to stay flexible with the dates, keeping the elections in mind,” one of the Board officials said.
With the Central Election Commission imposing certain restrictions as to when the fixtures should be held, the Board wants to be extremely careful about the dates of the knockouts.