CAB also keen to host IPL playoff matches

Earlier, the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) had staked claim to host two of the four playoff games of the upcoming edition at its international stadium on the outskirts of Pune.

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has expressed its interest in hosting the two playoff matches (eliminator and qualifier-2) of the Vivo IPL season 11 on May 23 and 25.   -  K.R. DEEPAK

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has expressed its interest in hosting the two playoff matches (eliminator and qualifier-2) of the Vivo IPL season 11 on May 23 and 25.

The schedule for this season has been announced, except the venues for the eliminator and Q-2, which are conventionally allotted to the home ground of previous year’s runner-up.

The venue for these matches could be discussed by the CoA at its meeting here on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Earlier, the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) had staked claim to host two of the four playoff games of the upcoming edition at its international stadium on the outskirts of Pune.

The MCA has told the IPL governing council that Pune will be a neutral venue. It will prepare a fresh wicket, and that the practice of the past should be continued.

Some BCCI members feel that the MCA has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court expressing its compliance with the Lodha reforms. An official said, "If (two playoffs are) not given to Pune, it will mean that the BCCI and IPL GC don’t care about the sentiments of the fans. The compliant associations get a raw deal and the non-compliant associations sit on the committee.”

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The Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association has also conveyed to the BCCI, CoA and the IPL GC that the playoff matches should be allotted to smaller centres like Indore.

The qualifier 1 and final have been allotted to Mumbai Cricket Association since Mumbai Indians beat the Rising Pune Supergiant to clinch the title last year.