MCA demand IPL 2018 playoff games in Pune – Even though the Rising Pune Supergiants will no longer be part of the IPL, their stupendous run in IPL 10 has brought interesting twist for tournament organizers. The IPL 2018 Schedule is yet to be announced. The officials have just made it clear that the tournament will begin from 7th April and commence on 27th May 2018 in Mumbai.
According to the tournament schedule, the eliminator and Playoff 2 is hosted by the runners-up team venue of the previous edition. By that rule, Pune becomes an automatic choice. However, it is said that Lucknow and Kolkata are running favorites to replace Pune for IPL 2018.
In order to claim their right to host the two important matches, it is understood that the MCA president Abhay Apte has sent an e-mail to Rajeev Shukla on Monday. The request to host eliminator and playoffs has been staged as per norms by Pune.
The two-page letter read as,
For past several years we are observing a practice, which has become an unwritten rule of playing the first (tournament opener), and Qualifier 1 as well as the final match at the venue of last year’s champions and playing the Eliminator and Qualifier 2 matches at the venue of the runners up team. As such, Pune’s MCA Stadium in Gahunje (which was RPS’ home venue) should be the logical choice to stage the eliminator and qualifier 2 matches. Just because there’s no ‘Pune team’ this year, we can’t change history and record that this was the venue of the runners-up team of IPL 10. Holding matches at Pune will also be an honor and do justice to the fan base of the IPL which has been created at Pune. Last year, the same venue had staged three international matches and eight IPL games. The stadium is fit and ready to host the IPL as well as international matches at any point in time.”
The Gahunje Stadium of Pune is also considered as the second home ground for Rajasthan Royals. The franchise is waiting for the final verdict by Rajasthan High Court on whether matches can be staged at Jaipur.