The league stage of the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is underway and it is past its halfway stage. 35 games have been played so far in the tournament. With the addition of two new teams, the competition has got more intense and competitive. All ten teams trying their level best to enter the last-four stage.
While the four teams to compete in the last four games of the tournament are yet to be decided, the venues for the playoffs have been revealed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Kolkata and Ahmedabad are the two cities that have been selected by the Indian cricket board to host the playoff games.
Qualifier 1 and Eliminator are slated to be played in Kolkata on May 24 and 26, respectively. Meanwhile, the second qualifier and the Finals will be played in Ahmedabad on May 27 and 29, respectively.
“As far as the men’s IPL knock-out stage matches are concerned, it would be held in Kolkata and Ahmedabad, with hundred percent attendance allowed for the matches to be played after the league staged finishes on May 22,” revealed Sourav Ganguly after BCCI’s Apex Council meeting.
Games to be played in 100% crowd capacity
Along with the city names, the BCCI also announced that the knockout games and the finals will be played in front of a 100% crowd at all the venues. Currently, the BCCI is allowing only 50% of crowds into the stadiums.
Women’s Challengers in May
Apart from Men’s IPL playoffs, a decision on Women’s T20 Challengers was also taken. The BCCI has decided to host the three-team Women’s T20 League in Lucknow from May 24 to May 28. “The Women’s Challenger series will be held between May 24-28 at Lucknow’s Ekana Stadium,” BCCI president Ganguly told media persons.