The Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council on Tuesday allowed changes in the tournament schedule and confirmed Pune as the venue for the Eliminator and Qualifier 2 to be held on May 23 and 25 respectively. Also, the Kings XI Punjab will now play four matches in Indore and three at Mohali considering logistics issues pertaining to the home matches of the Punjab team.
UPDATE - Changes in the schedule & Playoff venue announcement for VIVO #IPL 2018— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 20, 2018
Pune to host Eliminator and Qualifier 2.@lionsdenkxip to play their four home matches in Indore and three at Mohali.
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"All IPL franchises are required to play four home matches at their designated home venue. An exception has been permitted this season owing to the closure of Chandigarh Airport due to expansion work for 20 days from 12th May to 31st May 2018 and also on all Sundays of April," the BCCI said in a release.
"As a result, the Delhi Daredevils' first home against Kings XI Punjab on 8th April will now be an away fixture," the release added.
The IPL thanked the Punjab Cricket Association for their understanding and cooperation, and their willingness to host one game less that has enabled in making the required changes.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians will host Chennai Super Kings in the IPL season 11 opener at the Wankhede Stadium on April 7. The 11th edition of the world's most popular and competitive T20 tournament will be played at nine venues across 51 days.
The upcoming edition will feature 12 matches that will be played at 4:00 PM IST and 48 matches will start at 8:00 PM IST.
The much-anticipated final will be played at Wankhede Stadium on Sunday, May 27, 2018.