NO IPL MATCHES IN LUC­KNOW, KAN­PUR THIS SEA­SON

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LUC­KNOW: It’s of­fi­cials that there will be no matches of the In­dian Pre­mier League this sea­son in UP as none of the eight fran­chisees have shown in­ter­est in hold­ing matches, both at the Green Park Sta­dium in Kan­pur and Ekana In­ter­na­tional Cricket Sta­dium here in the state cap­i­tal.

The BCCI while an­nounc­ing the fix­tures of the 11th edi­tion of the world’s most pop­u­lar and com­pet­i­tive Twenty20 tour­na­ment on Wed­nes­day didn’t men­tion any venue for the matches in the state. In all 48 matches will be played for over 51 days across 9 venues from April 7 to May 27. Kan­pur’s Green Park sta­dium had wit­nessed the matches of the Gu­jarat Lions both in 2016 and 2017, and the Ekana sta­dium here was al­most set to hosts at least two matches of the new sea­son this time.

“I have no idea what went wrong with our sta­dium. Our sta­dium is fully ready to host an IPL match,” Ekana Sports City’s di­rec­tor Udai Sinha said soon af­ter the an­nounce­ment of the IPL fix­ture adding, “I still am hope­ful of get­ting a few matches,” he added.

A team of the IPL man­age­ment com­mit­tee is ex­pected to take a fresh look of the venue later this month. So far the BCCI has de­cided the venues of all matches, ex­cept an elim­i­na­tor sched­uled for May 23 and qual­i­fier two, sched­uled for May 25, and there is an out­side chance for the venue here to be picked up for these two matches.

“It’s too early to say now about the venues of the two matches, but for now no fran­chisees have plans to con­duct matches ei­ther at Kan­pur or Luc­know,” a BCCI of­fi­cial said on con­di­tion of anonymity adding, “Non com­ple­tion of the venue in Luc­know was one of the is­sues.”

Luc­know sta­dium has so far con­ducted five do­mes­tic matches even be­fore its com­ple­tion and own­ers of a few fran­chisees have al­ready vis­ited the venue dur­ing the last two months.

A TEAM OF THE IPL MAN­AGE­MENT COM­MIT­TEE IS EX­PECTED TO TAKE A FRESH LOOK OF THE VENUE LATER THIS MONTH

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