The Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council confirmed that Eden Gardens will host two playoff matches for this year’s IPL. Previously it was scheduled in Pune and now will be held in the city of joy ‘Kolkata’.
In this tournament, Pune’s Gahunje stadium is becoming the home ground for Chennai Superkings. This shift happened after increased tensions in Chennai on the burning issue of Kaveri water. As an outcome of this IPL governing council has decided to shift IPL 2018 play-off matches from Pune to Kolkata.
The beautiful Eden Gardens ground has a huge capacity of 67, 000 plus spectators. IPL eliminator and qualifier 2 match will be held at Eden Gardens on May 23 and May 25 respectively. According to cricket sources, the decision of shifting playoff matches is taken by IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla and core team.
The Wankhede was also in the race for hosting these matches, but the fact it is already hosting the big final and qualifier 1 of IPL 2018 helped Eden Gardens to grab these matches. Additionally, from the playoff stage onwards, the revenue generated from IPL matches will not go in accounts of hosting a franchise, it will directly go the IPL. More attendance at matches will generate more revenue for IPL. For this reason, Eden Gardens was obviously the perfect choice as per the past records in terms of revenue.
“We are happy to host the play-off matches and are looking forward to it,” Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya said.
The Knight Riders have left two more group stage matches left at Eden Gardens. They will face Mumbai Indians on Wednesday and will take on Rajasthan Royals on May 15. This addition of matches at Eden Gardens is certainly a big event for cricket lovers from Kolkata. It will be a great treat for cricket spectators to watch two big games of IPL 2018 at beautiful Eden Gardens.