This year’s grand tournament of Indian Premier League is witnessing something new contention every day and now again when the event is all set to move towards its end another controversy has erupted. This time the Board of Control for Cricket in India has announced to give the rights of hosting final match to Hyderabad instead of the defending champions’ city Chennai. This comes after the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) has failed to get the mandatory permission from the government to open three closed stands in the stadium.
Though the defending champions of last year still have a chance to play the Qualifier 1 round at home grass on May 7 while the remaining two big matches, Eliminator and Qualifier 2 will be hosting in Visakhapatnam on May 8 and May 10 respectively.
The chairman of Committee of administrator (CoA) Vinod Rai said while announcing the decision of shifting the venue, “we had to shift the matches from Chennai to Hyderabad after Tamil Nadu Cricket Association intimated us that they have not procured the requisite permission to open the three stands I, J and K”.
The three stands at Chepauk Stadium remained empty for IPL games since November 2011 after the Madras High Court (HC) has put a stay order on the use of those stands. The stands have the total capacity of 12,000 spectators and BCCI could not afford to loss the revenue that can be generated from the bookings of those stands.
Moreover, Hyderabad has only got the chance to host the finals and not the eliminator or Qualifiers as the cyber city will conduct the general elections later on May 6, 8 and 10. Being the reigning champions Chennai got the rights to host the Eliminator and Final match while runners-up Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) would host the Qualifiers if everything would have gone well with TNCA. The IPL 2019 final showdown will take place on May 12, 2019.