IPL final snatched away from Chennai

Last Updated: Mon, Apr 22, 2019 20:59 hrs
MA Chidambaram Stadium

Hyderabad will host the IPL final on May 12 after Chennai failed to provide a solution to the long-standing issue of the three disputed - and closed - stands at MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Super Kings - the defending champions and, therefore, the rightful hosts of the final - had been given time by the IPL authorities to identify a way around the problem. The Super Kings management, though, has since conveyed its inability to do so by May 12, and the final has now gone to Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, the home venue of last season's runners-up, Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Chennai will host Qualifier 1, while the Eliminator and Qualifier 2 will be held in Visakhapatnam.

This year, Super Kings have hosted four home games, including the opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore, with the stands closed. However, IPL officials were concerned about the bad optics the vacant stands present, especially on TV, for the marquee matches.

The Chennai corporation had closed the three stands - I, J and K, adding up to roughly 12,000 seats - in 2012 as there were discrepancies when the stadium was refurbished before the World Cup in 2011. Only once since then have they been opened to the public, after Tamil Nadu Cricket Association got special permission to do so for an India v Pakistan ODI in December 2012.