New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shifted the Indian Premiere League (IPL) 2019 finale on May 12 from Chennai to Hyderabad on Monday.
The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) failed to get permission from the government to open the three closed stands of the Chepauk stadium.
Although Chennai Super Kings (CSK) still have an opportunity to play the Qualifier 1 on May 7 at home, if they finish in the top two in the league, however, the Eliminator (May 8) and Qualifier 2 (May 10) has been shifted to Vishakhapatnam.
Ironically, whichever team wins the final of IPL, enjoys the power to host the finale in the next season. CSK, being the defending champions, was going to host the final of this season’s IPL.
Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai said, “We had to shift the matches from Chennai to Hyderabad after TNCA intimated us that they have not procured the requisite permission to open the three stands I, J and K.”
He also added, “Since the gate sales of the knock-out matches is BCCI's prerogative, we had to take a call. We would be having two knock-out matches in Vizag.”