Indian Premier League authorities on Tuesday allotted two of Deccan Chargers’ home matches to their catchment area Cuttack to placate the franchise which had threatened to boycott the event after their home matches were shifted out of Andhra Pradesh because of political turmoil.
After a series of discussion and “at the request of the Deccan Chargers franchise to host matches in their catchment area”, two matches have been scheduled in Cuttack.
According to the revised schedule, defending champion Deccan Chargers will play Kings XI Punjab in Cuttack on March 19 and Delhi Daredevils two days later at the same venue.
“The revised IPL schedule has been worked out keeping in mind the catchment area of the Deccan Chargers franchise,” IPL chairman Lalit Modi said in a statement.
“The solution was worked out keeping in mind the sentiments of the cricket loving fans of the franchise. The revised schedule now includes the Barabati Stadium at Cuttack as a host venue and I hope that Deccan Chargers fans will come out in large numbers to support their team,” said the IPL chief.
The IPL authorities had shifted the Chargers’ home matches from Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam, citing the ongoing Telangana agitation as the reason.
The decision did not go down well with the franchise, which served a legal notice on IPL yesterday and threatened to skip IPL if their home matches were not re-allotted to their initial venues.
March 12: Deccan Chargers vs. Kolkata Knight Riders (Navi Mumbai, D.Y. Patil)
March 19: Deccan Chargers vs. Kings XI Punjab (Cuttack)
March 21: Deccan Chargers vs. Delhi Daredevils (Cuttack)
March 28: Deccan Chargers vs. Mumbai Indian (D.Y. Patil)
April 5: Deccan Chargers vs. Rajasthan Royals (Nagpur)
April 10: Deccan Chargers vs. Chennai Super Kings (Nagpur)
April 12: Deccan Chargers vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore (Nagpur)