(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Preparations in full swing as the online sale of tickets commences in uae
After discussions with the authorities in india the bcci has announced that a total of 36 regular season matches plus the four playoffs of the pepsi ipl 2014 will be played in india starting may 2.
Each franchise will play nine matches in india with five of the eight teams playing at least four matches in their home stadium. chennai super kings will play two matches at ranchi while kings xi punjab will play two games at cuttack. rajasthan royals will play four matches at ahmedabad. there will be no matches on thursday 1 may friday 16 may and saturday 17 may.
There are two changes to the uae leg of the schedule. the evening match on april 26 in abu dhabi between kings xi punjab and kolkata knight riders will now be designated as a home match for kolkata knight riders. the match on april 28 in dubai between royal challengers bangalore and kings xi punjab will be designated as a home game for kings xi punjab.
“following on from the launch of ticket sales for the uae leg today i am pleased that we are now able to confirm the dates for the rest of the season. it is great news that the fans back home in india will be able to watch a large part of the pepsi ipl 2014. given the various challenges and the logistical complexities we have spent a considerable amount of time in crafting a balanced schedule” sunil gavaskar interim president bcci-ipl said.
Ranjib biswal chairman ipl governing council added: “we are delighted to have the season back in india at the start of may. organising an event of this scale at multiple venues in two countries is an enormous organisational undertaking and we are very grateful to the government of india the ministry of home affairs and the police authorities in the various states for their support.”
Meanwhile the uae is buzzing with the excitement of making its ipl debut. with preparations in full swing the online sale of tickets has commenced from thursday on www.iplt20.com and www.ticketmaster.ae. tickets are also available at selected lulu hypermarkets in abu dhabi dubai and sharjah from sunday whilst stadium box-office sales will start on april 10. the tickets will be available in different denominations. the minimum price for the abu dhabi matches is dhs20 for a single match and dhs30 for double-headers. in dubai a ticket for one match will start at dhs30 and dhs50 for double-headers. in sharjah tickets will start at dhs30 for a single match and dhs40 for the double-headers.