The organizers of Indian Premier League (IPL) have modified the schedule of the upcoming edition of T20 tournament due to the approaching Municipal Elections in mid April in the Capital, Delhi.
In a statement, BCCI said, “This year’s DLF IPL match schedule has gone through a modification due to the upcoming Municipal Elections in mid April 2012 in Delhi.”
As per the new match schedule, Delhi Daredevils will now battle with Deccan Chargers at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on April 19 instead of April 14.
Another match between the two teams originally scheduled at 4:00 pm on April 19 in Cuttack has been changed to May 10 at 4:00PM in Hyderabad.
Further, Deccan Chargers will not be playing with Pune Warriors in Hyderabad on May 1. Instead, the teams will battle with each other at 4:00 pm in Cuttack on the same day.
Other significant changes include, the play-off match scheduled on May 22 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru has been moved to MCA Stadium, Pune.
The other play-off match scheduled on May 23 will be held in Bengaluru at M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
If Bangalore Royal Challengers are placed 1st or 2nd in the IPL table, then the eliminator play-off game will be held in Pune on May 22, and the Qualifier 1 play-off game will be held in Bengaluru on May 23.
If the Bangalore Royal Challengers are placed 3rd or below in the IPL table, then the Qualifier 1 play-off game will be held in Pune on May 22 and the eliminator play-off match will be held in Bengaluru on May 23.
The Qualifier 1 play-off game will include the teams that completed the regular IPL season in 1st and 2nd places, on the other hand the eliminator play-off matches will include the teams that completed the regular IPL season in 3rd and 4th places.
As already announced, the Qualifier 2 play-off and the final matches will be hosted in Chennai at MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Rajeev Shukla, IPL Chairman said, “The commencement of the upcoming DLF IPL of this year is exactly 3 weeks far. We strongly believe that the 5th edition of this form will become the best-ever tournament, on and off the field.”