NEW DELHI, April 22: The Indian Premier League final scheduled on May 12 was on Monday shifted from Chennai to Hyderabad after the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) failed to get requisite permission from the government to open the three closed stands.
While the Chennai Super Kings still have a chance to play Qualifier 1 at home if they finish among the top two teams in the league but the Eliminator (May 8) and Qualifier 2 (May 10) has been shifted to Visakhapatnam.
�We had to shift the matches from Chennai to Hyderabad after TNCA intimated us that they have not procured the requisite permission to open the three stands I, J and K,� Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai told PTI on Monday.
�Since the gate sales of the knock-out matches is BCCI�s prerogative, we had to take a call. We would be having two knock-out matches in Vizag,� he added.
The three stands make up for more than 12,000 tickets and BCCI would have lost out on a few crores of gate money.
The stands have remained closed since 2012 save one international match between India and Pakistan when an exception was made. � PTI