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Cricket news - IPL 2019 to stick to conventional home and away format

Kings XI Punjab will play all seven home games at Mohali.

The eight regular 'home cities' will host the entire league phase of IPL 2019, the BCCI confirmed with the release of the second installment of the schedule of the 12th edition of the franchise-based T20 competition, on Tuesday (March 19).

With the general elections sweeping through India from April 11 to May 19, it was expected that IPL 2019 could move to smaller cities given the many-phase nature of polls in some of the big towns, especially Mumbai and Kolkata. But the tournament has managed to retain its home-and-away format. The league stage, which will kick off on March 23 with defending champions Chennai Super Kings hosting Royal Challengers Bangalore, ends on May 5 with a double header where Kings XI Punjab will host CSK while Mumbai Indians will host Kolkata Knight Riders.

Meanwhile, the venues for the play-offs - the two Qualifiers, the Eliminator and the Final - are set to be released later in a third installment but it's unlikely that a second-tier venue will host the four knock-out matches. There's no clarity on the date of the final either, but with the league stage ending on May 5, that the final is likely to be played on or before Sunday (May 12), giving international players 12 days' break before the 2019 World Cup warm-ups kick off from May 24.

As the winners of the 2018 edition, Chennai, in all likelihood, will host the final while Hyderabad, being last year's runners-up, will be available to host playoffs given elections in the city end on April 18.

KXIP, in a departure from previous seasons, will be playing all their home games at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali after years of attempting to build parallel home venues in Indore, Dharamsala and even Pune. But with Chris Gayle and KL Rahul in top form last year, the stadium attendances swelled, and could have been one of the contributors to KXIP's all-home run.

2009 and 2014 are other two years when India's general elections coincided with the IPL. While the tournament was moved en masse to South Africa in 2009, only the starting few matches of the 2014 edition were moved to the UAE. There were similar speculations this year too but the Committee of Administrators (CoA) had announced on January 8 its decision to hold the IPL in full in India and the schedule for the first two weeks was released mid-February, with the board then still awaiting election dates.

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