NEW DELHI: The first two play-off matches of the T20 league, which were originally scheduled to be held in Chennai on May 21 and 22, will in all likelihood be shifted out of the city.
The decision on the play-offs—Qualifier 1 and Eliminator - would be taken in Monday’s GC meeting called by chairman Rajeev Shukla. “Most likely the matches would be shifted to Bangalore,” a source close to the development said.
With the Tamil Nadu government making it clear that the state won’t allow any Sri Lankan players in Chennai and the league’s governing council refusing to shift Chennai Super Kings’ matches elsewhere, the franchisees were instructed to keep their Lankan players away from CSK’s home games. After mounting pressure from the teams, the league’s governing council seems to have seen good sense and relented to shift the play-off matches.
“There will be teams in the play-offs who will have the Lankans as their leading players. It would be unfair for the Indian board to keep the matches in Chennai when the Lankans won’t be allowed to play there,” the source added.
Sources also insisted that Bangalore is a frontrunner for the change because the venue had given one of their play-off matches to Pune last year. “We can’t have more than two venues for the play-offs and so Bangalore is the convenient choice.”
The Qualifier 2 and the Grand Finale will be played in Kolkata on May 24 and 26 respectively.