BCCI announce IPL schedule for first 17 matches: The Indian cricket board has finally announced the first leg of IPL 2019 schedule.
Board of Control for Cricket in India have announced the fixtures of the first leg of the 12th season of the Indian Premier League. The first leg will be played between March 23 – April 5 and will host a total of 17 matches.
The schedule of the tournament should have been announced by now but wasn’t done due to the general elections also scheduled to happen on the same time in the country. Inappropriate security arrangement due to the same is the reason behind the full schedule not been made available till now.
— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) February 19, 2019
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) December 18, 2018
CSK and RCB to play IPL 2019 opener
IPL champions Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore will clash in the season opener on March 23. Every franchise will get to play a minimum of two home and two away matches in the first leg.
While all other franchise will play four matches in the first leg, RCB and Delhi Capitals will be seen playing an extra match than their counterparts. Bangalore will play their extra match away. Whereas, Capitals will be seen hosting a third match in this slab.
While the announcement has come as a respite for the fans and stakeholders of the tournament, it has also come with a clause that the full schedule won’t be made available at any time in the tournament.
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) February 18, 2019
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) February 19, 2019
In a recent interview with Hindustan Times, a senior BCCI official put it on the general elections for not releasing the full schedule at once. Because elections are held in different phases, the IPL 2019 schedule will also be announced in a similar manner.
“The full schedule will take some time as we need to wait for the general election dates to be released by the election commission. But for now, the dates of the first segment of the tournament is to be released. We all know the kind of arrangement that goes behind hosting elections and that is the priority,” the BCCI official was quoted as saying.
Read the full schedule below:
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