Maharashtra Cricket Association wants to host two of four Indian Premier League playoffs at Pune. It is known that the runners-up of the previous season Rising Pune Supergiant will not be participating in the upcoming season of the league but still MCA wants to host the playoffs.
The Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions would be making way for the Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings who spent two years on the sidelines due to their involvement in the spot-fixing scandal. The MCA wants to convince IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla for hosting some crucial matches in the upcoming season.
It would be interesting to note what IPL GC decides.
In a letter written by MCA President Abhay Apte as reported by the Hindu, “As such, the venue of last year’s runners-up of IPL (Pune team), i.e. MCA’s stadium at Gahunje, Pune should be the logical choice to stage the eliminator and the qualifier-2 matches. Just because there is no ‘Pune Team’ this year, we cannot change the history and record that this was the venue of the runners-up IPL team (in 2017). Holding matches at Pune will also (be) an honour and justice to the fan base of IPL which has been created at Pune.”
There is no official rule regarding the hosting of the playoffs but it is known that the Governing Council of the IPL allocates the first qualifier and the final to the home of the defending champions while the eliminator and second qualifier is allocated to the home of runners-up of the previous season.
It would be interesting to note what the IPL governing council decides on the venues but it looks unlikely that they will give an opportunity to MCA as there is no Pune team in the IPL now.