First phase of IPL 2019 fixtures announced by BCCI

Feb 20 2019 10:42AM

The IPL 2019 will have a blockbuster beginning — MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings versus Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chepauk on March 23. On Tuesday, the BCCI released the first two weeks’ schedule for the T20 league, keeping a close eye on this year’s general elections and focusing on having home-and-away fixtures as much as possible.

Between March 23 and April 5, six franchises will play two home and two away matches each. Delhi Capitals, however, will play three home and two away fixtures, while RCB will host two games and will be on the road for three matches. A total of 17 matches will be played across eight home venues of the respective franchises in the first two weeks.

“The idea is to finish the home-and-away fixtures as much as possible (in the first phase) so that towards the latter half, if we need to juggle things and pick neutral venues we can do it. It’s already late and the franchises will have to figure out the logistics and travels plans,” a BCCI official told this paper. If the BCCI is forced to reschedule the first phase, then also, it will try and finish the majority of the home-and-away fixtures.

“This is still subject to the announcement of Lok Sabha 2019 election dates. Once the election dates are released we will address any issues with the first two weeks and also prepare a schedule for the remainder of the season working with the local authorities around the polling dates,” a statement on the Indian Premier League website said.

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