Suits row resolved, Wanderers to host 8 IPL matches

Decks were cleared for the Wanderers to host eight Indian Premier League matches after the IPL organisers and the Gauteng Cricket Board settled the row over VIP hospitality suites.

While IPL organisers demanded complete control over the corporate suites, the GCB had earlier refused to bend over, resulting in a stand-off.

IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi said the Wanderers would host all eight matches as per schedule and tickets for the first game on May 2 between Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super Kings will go on sale on Thursday.

“We are extremely pleased with the co-operation of the Gauteng Cricket Board and in particular the assistance received from their CEO – Mr Alan Kourie,” Modi said.

“With this amicable resolution, I am glad the fans in Johannesburg will now be able to witness the cricket carnival that is the Season 2009 of the DLF Indian Premier League. The Grand Final will definitely be worthy of being hosted in the bull-ring one of the best cricket stadia in the world,” he added.

His sentiments found an echo in Kourie’s comments. “We are happy and proud to have reached an amicable resolution with the DLF Indian Premier League – as it now clears the way for hosting the business end of one of the best cricketing leagues in the world.

“Gauteng cricket fans will now be able to witness some truly amazing cricketers in action at our very own Wanderers Stadium. I believe the Grand Final of Season 2009 in South Africa will be an exciting experience for all of us, especially if the inaugural ceremony and the cricket that preceded it was anything to go by,” said Kourie.

The Wanderers will host six league games from May 2 to 19 and one semi-final on May 23 with the final the next day.

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