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IPL 2019: Hyderabad in standby for Final venue

The game is scheduled to be played on May 12.

Rajiv Gandhi International stadium
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. (Photo Source: CricTracker)

The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) became champions of the 2108 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and hence, the MA Chidambaram Stadium, CSK’s home ground was decided upon to host the opening match and the final of the T20 tournament in 2019. The opening encounter has already taken place on March 23 with the Super Kings emerging victorious against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

However, clouds loom large over the final game, scheduled to be played on Sunday, May 12. It has been learned that the iconic Chepauk may lose out hosing the crunch contest If the impasse surrounding the three closed stands at the venue, namely I, J and K, is not over. Rather the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad has been kept as a standby.

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The Players’ Association is expected to take shape in next two weeks

“We will have discussions with TNCA as we don’t want to deprive CSK their right of playing at home. But three empty stands is an issue. Hyderabad and Bangalore are the two stand by venues for two playoffs, Eliminator and final,” a senior official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was quoted as saying in Hindustan Times.

It has also been learned that the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has asked the steering committee of Players’ Association to expedite process. “The Players’ Association is expected to take shape in next two weeks. The four-member committee has been told to expedite process,” the official added.

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