IPL 2018: Delhi Daredevils not pleased to play its first five games away from home

Delhi will play its first home game on April 23 against the Kings XI Punjab.

Gautam Gambhir will captain Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2018 | AFP

Due to the changes in schedule twice courtesy closure of the Chandigarh airport and state elections in Karnataka, the Delhi Daredevils will play its first five games away from home in the 11th edition of edition Indian Premier League (IPL). As per the reports in TOI, the Delhi-based franchise isn’t happy with this decision and some of the team officials have spoken to the board about this matter.

Just like all the other teams are scheduled to play the first few games at home, Delhi was also slated to play their opening game on April 8 against the Kings XI at Feroz Shah Kotla. However, with the Chandigarh airport closure from May 12 to 31, the April 8 match against the Kings will now be played in Mohali. The BCCI made another change in the schedule after the IPL match clashed with the Karnataka elections. Delhi’s match against RCB which was to be held at Kotla on April 21 will now be staged in Bangalore. The second encounter between the same team, which was initially scheduled to play in Bangalore on May 12, will now take place in Delhi.

The Delhi Daredevils franchise which will be captained by veteran Gautam Gambhir this season, will play its first home game against the Kings XI Punjab on April 23.

Reports further suggest that since Delhi can't do anything about it, the team coached by the legendary Ricky Ponting would look to turn it into an advantage. The team is forced to think that every win away from home would be bonus for them.

The much-awaited IPL 2018 will kick off from April 7, with returning franchise Chennai Super Kings taking on the defending champions Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede stadium.


By Salman Anjum - 01 Apr, 2018

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