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BCCI Announces IPL Match Rescheduling: KKR vs. RR and GT vs. DC Get New Dates
By CricShots - Apr 2, 2024 5:21 pm
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) made an announcement on Tuesday, April 2, regarding the rescheduling of two Indian Premier League (IPL) matches. According to a media release by the BCCI, the fixtures between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals, as well as Gujarat Titans vs. Delhi Capitals, have been adjusted.

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KKR vs RR

The KKR vs. RR match, originally scheduled for April 17, has been moved forward to April 16. Similarly, the GT vs. DC clash, initially slated for April 16, will now be played on April 17 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

While the BCCI did not explicitly state the reason behind the rescheduling, reports suggest it is due to the coinciding Ram Navami festivities. This Hindu festival commemorates the birth of Lord Rama and is observed with great enthusiasm nationwide.

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Security concerns also played a significant role in the decision-making process. With the upcoming general polls in the country, security resources are expected to be allocated elsewhere, leaving potential gaps in IPL security arrangements.

The new schedule marks the beginning of the second phase of IPL matches on April 8, with the Chennai Super Kings facing Kolkata Knight Riders in an evening clash at 7:30 pm. The second phase will see the Narendra Modi Stadium hosting the Qualifier 1 and Eliminator matches on May 21 and 22, respectively, while Chepauk Stadium will host the Qualifier 2 and the final.

Sr. NoDayDateMatchVenue
1Tuesday16-AprKKR vs RRKolkata
2Wednesday17-AprGT vs DCAhmedabad

As of now, Rajasthan Royals lead the table with an unbeaten record in three games, followed by KKR, Chennai Super Kings, and Gujarat Titans in contention for playoff spots. Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Punjab Kings occupy the bottom three positions, with Mumbai yet to secure a win.

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The decision to reschedule the KKR-RR match came after Kolkata Police expressed concerns over providing adequate security, especially considering it falls just three days after KKR’s previous home game. Additionally, Bengal’s upcoming phase of general elections further complicated logistical arrangements, prompting the need for adjustments.

While the precise reasons for the changes remain undisclosed, the BCCI’s decision reflects its commitment to ensuring smooth IPL operations amidst logistical and security challenges.