The 11th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to commence on April 7, 2018. The cash-rich league will go on for three months and will conclude on May 27.
While the venues for the eliminator and qualifier 2 haven’t been finalized yet, the opening game, qualifier 1 and the finale will be played at Mumbai’s iconic Wankhede stadium.
The Saurashtra Cricket Association has requested BCCI and the IPL Governing Council for a chance to stage one play-off game of the T20 League this season.
The SCA, in an email to the BCCI and the IPL GC, stated, "We have successfully staged ten IPL matches during Season 9 and Season 10, our stadium being the home ground of the Gujarat Lions. All these matches were well administered and had a very good response."
The SCA's media release further stated that hosting a playoff match to be staged during the upcoming season "will meaningfully enhance the enthusiasm of cricket loving spectators of IPL in general and Gujarat in particular."
The SCA said that it hoped the request would get a positive response.
IPL is going to be more exciting as two former teams will be making a comeback after 2 years; Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR).
The tournament will consist of a total of 60 matches spread across 9 venues over a span of 51 days. The tournament opener and final will be played in Mumbai. The opening ceremony will take place in Mumbai on April 6.